McLaren CEO Zak Brown commends Team Principal Andrea Stella for his exceptional performance in his inaugural season at the helm of the Woking-based team. After the disappointing start of the MCL60 and the departure of designer James Key, all taking place after former team boss Andreas Seidl moved to Sauber, Brown expresses admiration for Stella's transformational efforts early in the season, especially in revamping the technical department.
As evidence of Stella's impact, Brown cites the team's increased performance, which included a number of podium finishes and a noteworthy pole position. In addition to praising the upward trend, Brown compliments Stella for leading McLaren to their most recent groundbreaking ceremony, which was for a new wind tunnel.
Driver Lando Norris secured the team's maiden podium at the British Grand Prix, demonstrating the positive impact of Stella's term in McLaren's successes. Teammate Piastri and Norris went on to rack up nine podium finishes between them, with Piastri taking first place in a sprint race in Qatar and the rookie proving his mettle under Stella's supervision. The new boss has been so successful, and Brown is so pleased with him that he "can't say enough great things" about him.
F1: Brown Hails Stella's Leadership
When prompted to contemplate Andrea Stella's role since assuming the position of team boss, Brown remarked: "Andrea has done a fantastic job – he’s a tremendous leader. He’s a great communicator, he empowers the team, he listens, he gives great direction – I can’t say enough great things about him."
"We’ve been in the second half of the year kind of the second-, third-quickest car, lots of podiums, so it’s a credit to Andrea and everyone in the racing team. It’s a team effort, which is great to see," he added.
F1: Monster Energy Switches from Mercedes to Mclaren
Monster Energy has signed a major sponsorship deal with the McLaren Formula 1 team, ending their fourteen-season partnership with Mercedes. The move is a significant one for the famous beverage company. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Monster Energy will become a key partner of McLaren. Beginning with the 2024 season, the helmets, race suits, caps, and drink bottles of drivers Oscar Piastri and Lando Norris will feature the distinctive 'M' emblem.
McLaren RacingZak CEO Brown said: "We are delighted to join forces with the iconic Monster Energy brand from next season onwards. Monster focuses on celebrating athletes through bold ideas and creating awesome content, so we can’t wait to explore ideas and find new ways to engage and entertain our fans."
Monster Energy Company Chairman and Co-CEO Rodney Sacks said: "Monster Energy is proud to start this new chapter in its F1 journey with McLaren Racing. Monster is focused on enhancing fan experiences and partnering with a world-class team and its elite drivers to share our passion with F1’s global audience. We are planning some really exciting programs with Lando and Oscar and are excited to go racing together from 2024."
Through a personal arrangement, Monster supports Hamilton, and the seven-time champion endorses a range of sugar-free beverages. Even though the Mercedes partnership is over, Hamilton's association with the energy drink brand may still go on.