Brown: 'I put my money where my mouth is with Ricciardo'

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Brown: 'I put my money where my mouth is with Ricciardo'

McLaren boss Zak Brown says he put his money where his mouth is to secure the services of Daniel Ricciardo, enticing the Aussie with the team's series of high-profile recruits and changes.

Ricciardo will join the Woking-based outfit next season, a move the seven-time Grand Prix winner initially considered during the summer of 2018 only to transfer to Renault which he believed offered better prospects at the time.

But McLaren's successful restructuring and its significant progress in 2019 revived Ricciardo's interest, allowing Brown to offer the Renault more than just words and promises.

"A couple of years ago we were coming off a horrific season, one of our worst in McLaren history," Brown explained, speaking on the 'In the Fast Lane' podcast.

"Really all I could do at that point was promise, or make claims, to Daniel on what my intentions were.

Daniel Ricciardo and McLaren shareholder Mansour Ojjeh

"But at that point it was just words – I'm going to get a great team principal, I'm going to get a great technical director, we're going to get the resources we need, we're going to invest in capex... it was a lot of promises.

"I think, understandingly, he went 'it all sounds good, but you are coming off one of one of the worst seasons in McLaren's history'. Ultimately it didn't get him over the line for those reasons.

"Now instead of saying 'I'm going to get a great team principal' I can say 'I got Andreas Seidl', who's making a huge difference in the team. 'I'm going to get a great technical director', I got one in James Key.

"I think a year on he was able to see I put my money where my mouth is, so to speak, and the results were coming."

While McLaren's restructuring in the past two years of its technical and operational departments has been extensive, Brown believes the arrival of former Porsche LMP1 boss Andreas Seidl was a key element for Ricciardo.

"He's a huge Andreas fan, I think that had a big part in his decision-making process," Brown said.

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Hamilton: Brakes 'definitely on the limit' for second Mugello start

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Hamilton: Brakes 'definitely on the limit' for second Mugello start

Lewis Hamilton says his smoking brakes were "definitely on the limit" as he prepared for the second standing start of the day in last Sunday's Tuscan Grand Prix.

After the race was red flagged for a crash on the main straight that had taken place during the event's first rolling start, Hamilton lined up on the front row of the grid alongside Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

But smoke was seen billowing from the front wheels of the Briton's car, a sure sign that temperatures were dangerously reaching the brakes' combustion level.

"I basically had on the formation lap… a separation of my front brake temperatures by nearly two hundred degrees," Hamilton explained.

"So I was pushing them very hard to bring the one that was down equal. I got them up to a thousand degrees and I tried to cool them through the last corner and all the way to the start.

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"I got to the grid and there was a lot of smoke coming and I was definitely worried… I think I saw a flame at one stage, which is not good, because that burns all the interior of what's in the upright.

"Fortunately, at the start I got under way relatively quickly and I didn’t have a problem from there on. But it was definitely on the limit."

While the view from the outside was worrying, Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin says he was not overly concerned.

"They get hot, the brake cooling itself is relatively closed up here – you don’t do a lot of braking so you need to close the ducts to actually get the temperature," he said.

"The problem is there’s not a lot of air going through and there may have been a little bit of fire but as soon as you get going it will go out.

"The worry is only is whether you’ve burnt some of the carbon work, the cake tins and all the carbon work around the upright, that can cause a bit of grief.

"But it didn’t look particularly bad. Saying that, we’d rather not have it, but it wasn’t causing a great deal of panic."

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