The McLaren F1 Team came away from the Italian Grand Prix with their best point’s haul of the 2020 season.
Carlos Sainz Jr. who started the race in third, was able to improve his position to second across the finish line.
The Spaniard benefitted from the calamity that happened in the middle of the race. Going into the last laps, he was gaining on leader Pierre Gasly, hoping to steal the win away from him, but he couldn’t quite get there and finished a second behind.
Sainz Jr. said: “Well, what a race. Extremely happy to land second here in Monza. Days like today are what make our sport so intense and rewarding. I’m especially proud because I think today, we got this podium on pure pace, which is a great achievement.
“I was fast from start to finish and could maintain a great pace throughout the whole race. Without the red flag, being the first car legally on a stop, I could’ve won the race after Lewis got a penalty during the first Safety Car.
“It’s obviously impossible to be too disappointed with second, but I wanted that win. I did my best to move quickly through the field after the restart and catch Gasly towards the end. Probably missed out by one lap. Still, super happy.
Thank you to the whole race team for a great effort all weekend and to everyone back at the factory. We deserve it. On to Mugello.”
“The rule allowing teams to change the tyre before the restart worked against us” – Lando Norris
Lando Norris is happy with the team results but a bit disappointed that he couldn’t get himself onto the podium.
When the race was red flagged, Lance Stroll was able to change his tyres which gave him the edge come the restart. Norris wasn’t best pleased as it meant the recent tyre change for them worked against him.
“A really good race for me and us as a team. I had a great start and got ahead of three people into third. I was really happy, and we were controlling the pace well compared to some faster cars, but once everything settled down it’s also very difficult to overtake,” said Norris.
“The whole race was going really well until the red flag. Some people benefitted and got very lucky, so it’s a shame. We put in a lot of hard work to put ourselves in a good position, but the rule allowing teams to change the tyre before the restart worked against us and meant that we lost out. It’s a frustrating rule, and one that I hope can be looked at and reviewed.
“We could’ve had a double podium on merit today, but we lost out to that and the pitlane re-opening. But I don’t think we could’ve done much more so I’m happy with what I did. I’m also so happy for the team, it’s an amazing result for us all.”
“We’re leaving Monza with a lot of positives” – Andreas Seidl
Team Principal Andreas Seidl is happy with the fantastic result coming out of Monza. Looking forward to Mugello, Seidl wants the team to carry on this momentum and get another strong result.
“Second and fourth at the ‘temple of speed’. It’s a fantastic result coming at the end of a weekend where we’ve been competitive from the first laps onwards. Congratulations to every single member of the team, out here at the track and back home in the factory, to our colleagues from Renault and especially our drivers for a sensational effort today.” Said Seidl.
“Circumstances were difficult and the special situation of the Safety Car with closed pit entry and the red flag didn’t play into our hands. Everyone kept their heads down and focused on executing the race perfectly, resulting in the best finish for the McLaren F1 team since 2014.
“We’re leaving Monza with a lot of positives and looking at the second half of the season with confidence. We’ll enjoy ourselves this evening after a great race, and tomorrow we’ll reset and begin preparation for next weekend. We need to deliver another strong performance in Mugello.
“Finally, congratulations to AlphaTauri and Pierre Gasly for a sensational victory today.”