SAO PAULO (Information) – Former champions McLaren marked a breakthrough on their lengthy highway again up the Method One pecking order with a primary top- three race outcome since 2014 on the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.
Method One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Observe – Jose Carlos Tempo Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 17, 2019 McLaren’s Carlos Sainz celebrates together with his workforce after end third Information/Amanda Perobelli
Even when Spaniard Carlos Sainz didn’t truly stand on the rostrum, inheriting third place after six instances champion Lewis Hamilton was demoted, there was nonetheless loads of trigger for celebration.
“It’s a bizarre first podium not being there straight after the race, however I’m extraordinarily proud of our race right this moment,” mentioned Sainz.
The 25-year-old Spaniard had began final on the grid after an engine drawback in qualifying however made essentially the most of a one-stop technique.
The final time a McLaren driver stood on the rostrum was on the season-opening Australian Grand Prix of 2014 when Kevin Magnussen ended up second and Jenson Button third on account of then Purple Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo being disqualified from second.
The once-dominant workforce, that offered profitable automobiles to a solid of champions together with Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost and Lewis Hamilton, haven’t received a race since Button in Brazil in 2012.
The place double champion Fernando Alonso tried in useless, throughout his troubled second four-year stint at Woking with McLaren and Honda struggling collectively, his compatriot succeeded in his first season at what’s now a Renault-powered workforce.
Sunday’s outcome additionally secured fourth place within the constructors’ standings, McLaren’s highest end since they have been third total in 2012.
McLaren are actually 49 factors away from Renault’s manufacturing unit workforce, with one race remaining and a most 44 obtainable.
“The achievement this 12 months along with the rostrum right this moment is the right motivation for all of us to maintain working exhausting as a way to rating podiums once more sooner or later for McLaren based mostly on our personal outright efficiency,” mentioned workforce boss Andreas Seidl.
Writing by Alan Baldwin in London, modifying by Ken Ferris