In the round-up: McLaren team principal Andreas Stella says is cautious about the risk of entering Formula 1’s new power unit era with an all-new manufacturer
Stella wary of Mclaren entering 2026 with “immature” power unit
With the new power unit regulations coming into Formula 1 in 2026 and new manufacturers like Audi joining the sport, Stella says he is careful about McLaren rushing to attach themselves to an all-new power unit manufacturer.
“Ideally you are a works team, but with an established power unit manufacturer,” he told media including RaceFans. “I think joining a new partnership, it comes with some elements of risk.
“In 2026 we want to be there. We don’t want to be saying like ‘okay, now we need two years because the project is too immature’. We want to be there from a chassis point of view, and kind of sound from a power unit point of view, even if I had to choice to choose, I would always choose to be a works team. But I don’t think this is a fundamental differentiator to be able to win.”
Krack “would be happy” to keep Alonso for several years
Mike Krack says that Aston Martin “would be happy” to keep Fernando Alonso driving in their team for several years.
Alonso joined the team this season and currently sits third in the drivers’ championship after five podiums from seven rounds. The 41-year-old is already the most experienced driver in F1 history, but has said he wants to stay at the team for “several years” to come.
“It’s nice to hear that he has said that,” Krack said. “Several years – we would be happy with that.
“I think the main thing – and this is one of the big qualities – is the desire to be at front, the motivation. And I think this is fully on with Fernando. We don’t think so much about that, to be honest. We take it race by race and we try to do well every race. It’s nice to hear that but we didn’t think too much about it yet. Let’s make it happen.”
Boya dominates Eurocup-3 Monza opener
MP Motorsport’s Maria Boya – who also races for the team in the FIA Formula 3 championship – led from start to finish to win first the Eurocup-3 race of the weekend in Monza.
Boya converted pole into the win, taking his second consecutive win in the series after missing the round at Motorland Aragon due to racing at Monte Carlo in the FIA Formula 3 championship. Esteban Masson with a second race taking place today.
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