MUST-SEE: Zak Brown Video Calls Daniel Ricciardo’s Parents in Incredible Gesture After His Italian GP Win

Published 09/13/2021, 6:35 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium with after winning the race with second place McLaren’s Lando Norris, third place Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and McLaren CEO Zak Brown REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


The crash between the title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen cleared the way for Daniel Ricciardo to claim an impressive victory at the Italian Grand Prix, giving McLaren their first race win since the 2012 Brazilian GP. The Australian too tasted the winning champagne after a very long time, last winning the race during his Red Bull days at the 2018 Monaco GP.

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Considering such a significant occasion for the Honey Badger, everyone on the grid greeted him. And as Charles Leclerc congratulated him for the victory, McLaren CEO Zak Brown rushed towards the Australian and interrupted the duo as the American video called Ricciardo’s parents. Brown said: “Daniel! Daniel! Mum and dad! Mum and dad!”

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Zak Brown praises Andreas Seidl’s leadership

Since the appointment of Andreas Seidl as the McLaren team principal at the start of May 2019, the Woking-Based team has been on an upward trajectory. In the leadership of the German engineer, McLaren ended their 170 race-winning drought at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. In addition, the Woking-based team also secured 1-2 at Monza for the first time after the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix.

Meanwhile, McLaren CEO Zak Brown praises his team principal, Andreas Seidl, after the Italian GP.

“Andreas is always very very calm, which is great. I mean, that’s the kind of leadership you want in the Formula 1 team,” said Zak Brown.

“As he says, one win and last weekend wasn’t very good, so I think we have to keep our feet on the ground. And one win at a time.”

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021. McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

In addition, Brown, who joined Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris on the podium, joked that he had made a deal with Seidl to lift the trophy.

“I’m just happy I cut one deal with Andreas – I cut deals with the drivers – but Andreas and I actually cut the deal, which is that he gets all the work and gets the win, but I get to lift the trophy. One of the best deals I cut! I’m always up for a deal,” said McLaren CEO.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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