McLaren F1 Drivers Race Their Boss At Silverstone

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Ricciardo vs. Norris vs. Brown.

Last year, Silverstone hosted an interesting race. Featuring big names in Formula One, the race saw the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team's boss Toto Wolff take on his drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. This year, the same thing happened, but with McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown taking on his drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris. In the Mercedes races, all three competitors were in the same car, but here, things are a little different. Zak Brown was in the road-legal 620R, Ricciardo drove a McLaren 720S, and Norris got behind the wheel of a McLaren GT. The wet conditions added to the excitement, but can you guess who won?

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Ricciardo was the most entertaining to watch, as he tries to marry the spiky performance of the 720S with the slick surface of a wet Silverstone track. His drifting escapades see him spin three times and get stuck, although he later learns that the car is downshifting erratically due to an errant cable that got stuck near the paddle. In the end, Brown wins the race, and as a former racing driver in the best setup car on track, that shouldn't be much of a surprise. That said, the current racing drivers were clearly fooling around and having as much fun with the cars as possible; you wouldn't want to show up the man who writes your checks too much.

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In drier conditions, things would probably have become a lot more competitive, but how would the cars compare? In terms of power alone, the 720S is the most powerful, with its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 developing 710 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque, while the 620R's 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 offers 611 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. With proper aero, this one would be especially difficult to keep up with in the dry. Norris has arguably the worst car for track work, but his 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 produces the same power as the 620R with a little more torque (465 lb-ft). If you like watching F1 drivers messing around with supercars, check out Ricciardo drifting an Artura here.

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