McLaren Are ‘Aware of the Potential Issues’ Over Mercedes Power Unit’s Reliability: Seidl

Published 02/26/2021, 7:30 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren F1 Team MCL35 Renault during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Rudy Carezzevoli/Getty Images)


Mercedes F1 not only make the best cars on the grid but they make the best engines too. The Brackley-based outfit is well known for having some of the most reliable power units in recent times, and both Mercedes and its customer teams have seldom faced any issues on the power unit side of things. This should be a boost to McLaren who will be powered by Mercedes this year. Unfortunately for them, the Silver Arrows revealed that unlike previous years, they expect some engine issues in 2021.

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However, the Woking-based outfit are prepared to deal with it. Team boss Andreas Seidel was quoted by GPFans saying, “Switching power unit over the winter has been a big challenge, and we are aware of the potential issues that could bring with it going into this first test.

BARCELONA, SPAIN. Lando Norris of McLaren F1 in the Pitlane.  Day One of F1 Winter Testing. Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“But we have a lot of experience in changing power unit recently. The Mercedes guys are very experienced as well, so I feel prepared. I am looking forward to that challenge and I’m sure we will be able to manage that challenge together.”

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But that isn’t the only obstacle in the path of the papaya-colored team.

They also face the problem of having to deal with a shorter testing window. This is far from ideal when considering that they can’t even give their drivers an older car to shake off the rust because of the engine switch. Nevertheless, Seidl is optimistic that they can overcome even this hurdle.

McLaren team principal feeling confident ahead of pre-season testing

The UK team’s principal said, “Obviously, we are aware of the challenge we are in at the moment especially given the limited testing that takes place in Formula 1 and the lateness of the official test.

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. Lando Norris of McLaren F1 leads Sebastian Vettel. F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Leonhard Foeger/Pool via Getty Images)

“But, I have to say, with everything I have seen so far, I am confident we will be ready for the test and the first race.”

Having improved handsomely over the last two years, fans will expect McLaren to continue their upward trajectory. Another third place finish will be what they are targeting. However, with their rivals improving amidst a strong mid-field, only time will tell if the Woking-based outfit can have a third straight successful season or not.

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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