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 Jr lined up third on the grid behind the two Mercedes.
In the opening stint, due to Valtteri Bottas again not getting cleanly away from the line, Sainz made second place his own and had there not been any safety cars, this is where he would have finished, but behind Lewis Hamilton. Lando Norris had also nipped past Bottas on the opening lap, and could have made it two McLarens on the podium for the first time since 2014.