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Extreme E effort will not hurt McLaren - Brown

Extreme E effort will not hurt McLaren - Brown
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McLaren supremo Zak Brown insists that expanding into the new electric off-road series Extreme E will not hurt the Formula 1 team.

McLaren supremo Zak Brown insists that expanding into the new electric off-road series Extreme E will not hurt the Formula 1 team.

With the Woking based outfit locked in a tight battle for third place in the constructors' championship with Ferrari, McLaren announced that it is expanding beyond F1 and Indycar into Extreme E.

Extreme E is an off-shoot of Alejandro Agag's Formula E concept, and already features teams owned by Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button.

Brown is quoted by Speed Week as admitting he regrets not taking Formula E more seriously from the outset.

"I heard from Alejandro and this time I wanted to take the opportunity," said the McLaren CEO.

"When he presented the Formula E concept to me eight or nine years ago, I had my doubts - like many other people in motorsport.

"I had seen a lot of concepts and ideas that never made it past the Powerpoint presentation phase, but I was wrong," said the American. "It turned out that Formula E was very successful.

"I always tell the people on the team that mistakes are ok as long as you don't repeat them," Brown continued. "So, following my own advice, I took the opportunity this time."

Brown insists, however, that - just like the McLaren Indycar offshoot - Extreme E will not divert attention from Formula 1.

"We will not be distracted," he said. "Indycar and Extreme E are an addition to Formula 1. They are projects that should help to fuel our activities in Formula 1."

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Wednesday's key events


SKATEBOARDING
· Team GB starlet Sky Brown - aged just 13 - takes part in the women's park event and has a realistic chance of picking up a medal too. Bombette Martin is Britain's other representative, while hosts Japan are among the favourites for gold (1am)

HOCKEY
· Great Britain's women have more history in their sights heading into their semi-final against Netherlands - the team they beat in the 2016 gold medal match (2.30am)

ATHLETICS
· The men's 400m hurdles final on Tuesday will go down as one of the greatest Olympic races of all time, and the women will attempt to emulate that, with new world record holder Sydney McLaughlin of USA and Netherlands' Femke Bol the favourites for gold (3.30am)
· Nick Miller is Britain's representative in the men's hammer throw final (12.15pm)
· The men's 800m final could be a wide-open affair (1.05pm)
· A thrilling men's 200m final is in store as the likes of Andre de Grasse, Noah Lyles and 17-year-old sensation Erriyon Knighton bid to succeed Usain Bolt as Olympic champion (1.55pm)

SAILING
· After a medal-laden day on the water on Tuesday, Great Britain will be looking for more success, starting with Luke Patience and Chris Grube in the men's 470-class medal race (6.33am)
· Team GB also have medal hopes in the women's event, with defending champion Hannah Mills looking to retain her crown alongside new teammate Eilidh McIntyre (7.33am)

BOXING
· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Great Britain's Frazer Clarke faces Uzbekistan's Bakhodir Jalolov in the men's super heavyweight with a place in the gold medal bout up for grabs (7.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also guaranteed a medal, but will look to ensure that is either gold or silver as he takes on Cuba's Arlen Lopez in the light heavyweight final (7.35am)

CYCLING
· World records have been tumbling in the velodrome, and another could go in the men's team pursuit final as Italy - new world record holders themselves - face Denmark (10.06am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Three Brits have made into into the final of the men's jumping individual final, including fastest qualifier Ben Maher, who will bid to inherit compatriot Nick Skelton's Olympic crown (11am)

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