BEYOND THE GRID: Andrea Stella on Norris and Piastri’s greatest strengths and his mission to transform McLaren
On this week’s episode of Beyond The Grid – brought to you by Salesforce, the Global Partner of F1 – McLaren Team Principal Andrea Stella joins the show to discuss a phenomenal first season in charge.
So much has changed when you compare where the famous team finds themselves now versus their difficult start to the season. After finishing outside of the points in five of the first eight races, both Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri are now fighting for podiums almost every week and earning rave reviews.
Both have been on the podium at the last two races in Japan and Qatar, while Piastri won the Sprint in Lusail to earn even more praise in what has already been an impressive rookie season.
So how have McLaren produced such an incredible turnaround in performance? In his chat with host Tom Clarkson, Stella gives a revealing insight into the culture he’s creating at the team, and how his experience of winning World Championships with Michael Schumacher at Ferrari can help him transform McLaren into a winning machine once again.
You can also hear why he describes Schumacher as the ‘emotional engine’ during their time together, what made Ferrari so dominant back then, and why they weren’t able to repeat that success once Fernando Alonso came on board at the team.
Stella also tells us Norris and Piastri’s greatest strengths, what fans can expect from the Papaya outfit in 2024, and much more.
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