McLaren team boss Ron Dennis has praised his two racing drivers after they succeeded in finishing in first and second places at today’s Malaysian Grand Prix. It is the first time since Dennis took over the team in 1981 that the squad has introduced an all-new driver lineup for the start of a season, and so far the reigning world champion and the quick rookie are working well. Fernando leads the drivers title and McLaren lead the constructors as they head into round three in Bahrain next weekend. Sepang was the woking-based teams first win in the last 20 attempts, having endured a dry spell in 2006 with Kimi Raikkonen, Juan Pablo Montoya and Pedro De La Rosa. But with their new car and new team, the silver arrows are flying and motivation is at a high. Fernando is driving well and Lewis Hamilton is pushing the Spaniard even further.
There is a new spirit within the team that I believe has been witnessed by anyone who watched us during the course of the weekend. Fernando delivers a wealth of experience and racing capability whilst Lewis continues to demonstrate why he has warranted the enthusiasm of all of us who have worked with him over the years. Everybody throughout our entire organisation deserves to celebrate the success that they have achieved tonight, but of course our attention will quickly turn to the challenge of the next race in Bahrain. We are all looking forward to an exciting championship campaign. Ron Dennis.
Although this win was a welcome relief to the team, the season is only two races young and there will be plenty of highs and lows to come as the circus moves around the world. Not a lot can be done to the cars now as they head over to Bahrain, but a month off following that event will see the team frantically developing the already quick MP4-22. By the time Europe comes around in May, we will see if they are able to compete with Ferrari for the rest of the year.