Why Monza marked a McLaren resurgence

Even without the safety car and red flag which brought the Italian Grand Prix to life, it was likely that Carlos Sainz would have finished second. Its former engineer Tim Wright says that can only be a good thing for Formula 1

McLaren has a somewhat chequered history in Formula 1, and this is no pun. But it’s a fitting time for the team’s resurgence in the year it marked the 50th anniversary of Bruce McLaren’s tragic loss at Goodwood. It has seen success in practically every decade since the formation of the company and its exploits are widely recognised, so it’s a great relief to me, as a former employee, that McLaren seems to have found its mojo once more.

Last weekend at Monza we saw, as team principal Andreas Seidl quite rightly said, McLaren performing as the second-best team. In this extraordinary Italian Grand Prix, the MCL35 of Carlos Sainz lined up third on the grid behind the two Mercedes.

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