Mclaren F1 Director Reveals Promising Updates on 2021 Car

Published 08/14/2021, 8:49 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 18, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the race REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


With the new car regulations to come into force from the next season, the teams on the grid are making as minimal upgrades as they can to focus on the next year’s machinery. But this is not the case with McLaren as their racing director, Andrea Stella reveals his team plans to continue to enhance their car.

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Despite introducing several upgrades to their car at the recently concluded Hungarian GP, the Woking-based team is all set to make further upgrades to MCL35 this season.

Lando Norris, who has been arguably one of the best drivers in the first half of the season, retired before 1 lap at the Hungaroring after his collision with Bottas on turn 1. Whereas Daniel Ricciardo finished just behind the top 10.

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Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris collides with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen Pool via REUTERS/Peter Kohalmi

McLaren failed to register a single point from the race. As a result, the Woking-based team sits joint third in the constructor’s championship with their arch-rivals, Scuderia Ferrari.

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What did Andrea Stella say?

As quoted by Crash.net, when asked if there will be any further upgrades for McLaren this season, Andrea Stella replied: “They will not be the last upgrades for this season.”

“Simply because when you release upgrades, then it takes some time to produce them and learn the trackside so there will be a few more.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021. McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Lisi Niesner.

“Also in F1 you always keep acquiring some information once you test the parts at trackside because you never get a perfect correlation with the development tools so once you test some upgrades trackside you normally get information for further fine-tuning which doesn’t necessarily require to go past the wind tunnel.”

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After being a midfield team for so many years, McLaren is making a significant investment in their infrastructure to make them the frontrunners in F1 again.

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“I think it’s always dangerous to pick a point in time in which you should be going for it. What I will say is we will have caught up by 2024 with all of our infrastructures, most specifically the wind tunnel,” said Zak Brown.

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021. McLaren Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

“I think we’ll have no excuses come the 2024 season, and would like to think that by that point, the sport is going to be so competitive that there’ll be a variety of teams fighting for the championship, and I like to think we’d be one of them.”

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Is McLaren making the right decision in making further upgrades to their current machinery? What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull and hopes the former breaks the Lewis Hamilton dominance.

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