Mclaren F1 Confident Of The Team’s Latest Update Being A Game Changer

Published 10/03/2020, 10:16 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – McLaren’s Lando Norris during practice Yuri Kochetkov/Pool via REUTERS


McLaren have looked very good this season, sitting third in the Constructors’ Standings. Both drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have been effective, picking points finishes consistently.

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And last week, the team got the opportunity to try out the new Mercedes-styled nose concept for the first time. They would no doubt, have collected a lot of data from the concept execution.

It is probably a little step in the continual process of seeing the team atop the standings once again. Their objective however, remains to develop a capable and powerful car for 2022.

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McLaren believe the new nose will unlock ‘untapped potential’

But futuristic goals aside, team principal Andreas Seidl thinks that the nosebox concept is a step in the right direction. The aerodynamic component could prove to get more out of the current MCL35.

Seidl is quoted as saying, “With the mid-season homologation date, we obviously wanted to gain experience with it as quickly as possible. That’s why we also decided to actually test it step-by-step as soon as we had certain parts of this package available.”

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – McLaren’s Lando Norris during qualifying. Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“So, the target is clear: that’s the development direction we have seen in the wind tunnel with this different nosebox concept. It is something that we believe is the right direction to head to for the future.”

“It gives us more potential, in terms of unlocking even more potential from the car in terms of performance. And that’s the direction we are heading to.”

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The team’s drivers will look to do better in Nurburgring

Mclaren endured a very difficult weekend in Sochi, with both drivers finishing outside of the points. Carlos Sainz’s crash saw him retire the car, while Lando Norris struggled to make up places in his absence.

Formula One F1 – Tuscan Grand Prix – Mugello, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy – McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris during a press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

The Woking-based side have been constantly working on developments that can help the car go faster. But being involved in the midfield battle, has its own set of tough challenges.

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The racing action travels next to Nurburgring for the Eifel GP on October 11. And McLaren certainly need to perform even better than they are currently, stacking up their progress bit by bit.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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