Zak Brown Explains the Cheeky Bet He Made With Andreas Seidl at McLaren F1

Published 09/13/2021, 10:45 AM EDT
MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 12: Second placed Lando Norris of Great Britain and McLaren F1 celebrates with McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown and McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl after the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo di Monza on September 12, 2021 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


McLaren scored 1-2 at the Italian Grand Prix for the first time since 2010 as Daniel Ricciardo won the race with teammate Lando Norris coming in second. But we saw McLaren CEO Zak Brown on the podium ceremony rather than team principal Andreas Seidl.

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Brown mentioned he cut the deal with Seidl long back, that if they win the race, he would be on the podium and not the German.

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I’m just happy I cut one deal with Andreas: Zak Brown

As reported by Formula1, Brown was thrilled that he cut a deal with a Seidl. He narrated a hilarious story about what the deal with Andreas was.

“Yes, I mean, extremely proud. It’s all the men and women at McLaren, Andreas… our leadership team, and I’m just happy I cut one deal with Andreas,” said Brown.

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

“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 Zak.

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McLaren CEO praises the team principal for his leadership

Zak Brown continued by praising the leadership of Team Principal Andreas Seidl since he joined the team in 2019. He stated Seidl is very calm within the team and that’s what they needed at McLaren.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021, McLaren Managing Director Andreas Seidl in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

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

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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