Eleven years after the last triumph, the McLaren managed to write an important chapter in its recent history a Monza, conquering his 48 ° brace thanks to the victory of Daniel Ricciardo, immediately followed by his teammate Lando Norris. In this way, the British team not only broke a long and complex spell, but also showed a state of commendable form on the Brianza circuit, imposing itself from the green light to the checkered flag and decisively repelling the attacks of rivals.
A performance that also guaranteed the Woking team to strengthen its third place in the constructors’ standings, increasing its gap on the Ferrari 13.5 points eight races from the end of the World Championship. An advantage that, however, does not leave the CEO of the team completely calm Zak Brown.
The US manager, while expressing his satisfaction with what has been achieved in Italy, in fact urged his team not to let their guard down, underlining the positive performance of the two Maranello drivers, with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz arrived respectively fourth and sixth in the home game of prancing Horse: “Ferrari had a great weekend – commented Brown to Motorsport Week – we had a better weekend, but they weren’t too far away. Consequentially, the battle will continue race after race“.
The McLaren CEO has thus analyzed the future that awaits the two rival teams, who may find themselves advantageous on some circuits over others: “I believe that on some tracks a car can perform better than the others – he pointed out – last year we were very fast in Monza and we knew that Zandvoort was not a track suited to our potential. If we look at the upcoming events, there will be circuits that will prefer our characteristics, while others will highlight those of Ferrari. We have always done well in Monza – he added – but we must also recognize that our continual improvement on the grid will also result in some ups and downs“.
Returning to the brace obtained in Temple of Speed, Brown finally stressed the importance of such a result, however he felt the need to stay focused: “It was important to us – said the American – and I want to remember all the hard work McLaren has done over the past five years, even though I know some have been 20, 3 or 40. It was a great win for the team and our sponsors; many of them started working with us while we were making our promises and now we have been able to keep some of them. However – he concluded – you have to keep your feet on the ground. It was a great weekend, but there is still a long way to go ”.