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On form McLaren out to honour Senna in Monaco

On form McLaren out to honour Senna in Monaco

On form McLaren out to honour Senna in Monaco

McLaren will race this weekend in Monaco with a one-off livery as a tribute to their late triple Formula 1 Champion Ayrton Senna.

It has been thirty years since we’ve been robbed from the legendary F1 driver, and after all the tributes that were done at the venue of his death at Imola last weekend, McLaren are now honouring Senna at a track where he reigned supreme, and still does, still holding the record for number of wins at Monaco.

And what would make this gesture by McLaren even more meaningful is the fact that they have a great chance of winning given the form they have been on since Miami when they upgraded their MCL38.

In the past couple of years, Monaco and other high-downforce and slow tracks have not favoured Red Bull Racing’s “ground effect” F1 machinery, and given the recent struggles of the reigning Champions in Miami and Imola with the baseline setup, maybe McLaren can honour Senna by having his colours on the top step of the podium on Sunday afternoon at the principality.

After finishing second in Imola last weekend, Norris is looking forward to Monaco, he said: “Monaco up next! It’s one of the most challenging weekends on the calendar.

“It’s not the easiest track to overtake, but qualifying here is one of the most exciting challenges in motorsport. It’s all about hitting the ground running and building confidence right from FP1. It felt good to be able to fight for the win in Imola, so we have so much potential moving forward.

“Monaco will also be a special race for us as we will be racing in a tribute livery to Senna. It looks amazing, and I can’t wait to race around this special track in it,” the Briton concluded.

A special weekend for McLaren

Oscar Piastri added: “It’s going to be an honour to race around the streets of Monaco in our special Senna livery. He was a master of this track with six victories and it’s important to pay tribute to such a role model of our sport.

“I have also come up with a special helmet design and I’ll be auctioning off one of my helmets to raise funds for the Ayrton Senna Institute, which does such great work in providing opportunities and transforming lives,” he revealed.

“The past two race weekends in Miami and Imola have been amongst my strongest in F1 and it’s an exciting prospect to be heading to Monaco with good momentum,” the young Aussie concluded.

McLaren Team Principal Andrea Stella is encourage by the recent consistent strong performances of his team and is looking to keep the trend going in Monaco.

Stella said: “We go into the Monaco Grand Prix with another podium finish. We’re seeing consistent results and fights for wins, which is a good place to be.

“Monaco is an interesting circuit, as we know it’s more difficult to make up positions in the race, so we need to once again qualify strong. However, it’s not impossible.

“Monaco is also a special place for McLaren. We won many races here in the past with Ayrton Senna, so it’s only fitting that we pay tribute to him here by racing in a very special livery inspired by his helmet,” the Italian concluded.