“There Will Be a Major Overhaul”: As Papaya Army Demands Zak Brown’s Ouster, McLaren Promises the World to Lando Norris

Published 06/25/2023, 5:15 AM EDT

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No team has underperformed quite like McLaren in the current season. This is the second year in a row that they have had an abysmal start to the season. This scenario even put the future of Lando Norris in doubt, with the talented Brit advised to end his contract early. The team could’ve gotten a morale boost with the favorable track conditions of Montreal, but misery is loving McLaren’s company. However, this scenario is soon changing with McLaren’s TP, Andrea Stella, revealing some exciting news for the Papaya team.

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The disappointing first couple of races mobilized the McLaren mob into demanding CEO Zak Brown’s ousting. However, the tensions subsided momentarily after Norris and Oscar Piastri finished in points in Australia. Although that wasn’t enough to hide the underlying issues highlighted from day one which need a permanent fix. According to Stella, as quoted by Motorsport, the team will introduce the fix step by step in the upcoming month.

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“The majority of the overall package will come at the next rounds, so there will be a major overhaul of the car which will be visible across Austria, Great Britain, and Hungary,” confirmed Stella.

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“At the beginning of the season, we realized that the car needed a fundamental redesign, so this redesign is really interesting. I would say that pretty much every single aero part will change, that’s why the updates will be spread over a few races. It will be quite obvious,” he concluded.

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Finally, some positive news for the Papaya team after suffering through some torrid results recently. In fact, the team is extremely optimistic about these changes and sees themselves taking a massive leap forward.

McLaren TP believes Lando Norris and Co. will be able to go a few tenths faster after the upgrades

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A single second in the world of F1 is equal to an eternity, this is how small the margins are. So every tenth of a second counts and that is exactly what McLaren is hoping to gain after these upcoming changes. Changes that will showcase a completely different MCL60 with the car undergoing heavy modifications. Extremely positive news for Norris and Piastri.

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“I would say that practically the whole car has been modified,” confessed Stella and revealed his excitement. “I’m counting on this new package. But in the three races in which we will introduce it, the improvements should consist of a few tenths of a second, and it will be evident from the point of view of the lap time.”

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We are not sure what under-the-hood changes will McLaren introduce. However, there seems to be a lot of confidence in these upcoming changes. It will be interesting where these changes will put the MCL60 on the grid hierarchy.

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