“Will Take Us to the Next Level” – McLaren F1 Director Fires a Veiled Warning to Red Bull & Mercedes

Published 08/18/2021, 1:42 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during practice REUTERS/Lisi Niesner


McLaren have not had the best year, financially, having been hit hard because of the pandemic. The team, however, are trying their best to not let the financial setback affect their on-track performance. Currently sharing their P3 with the red rival Ferrari, McLaren are trying to refine their game.

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Technical Director James Key commented on the demode simulator and wind tunnel the team possess. “Our simulator has would have been the first in Formula 1. It has been modified and updated since then, but you are still somewhat limited when you have virtually a generation zero.”

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In a technologically fast-paced sport like F1, the team’s frustrations are justified. Key added, “At the end of the day, we want to acquire knowledge with the [updated] system.” (Translated via Google Translate)

McLaren have invested in building a new wind tunnel and simulator in an attempt to have a better 2022 season. Key addressed the need for a quick upgrade in the team’s technology. “There is data that we simply cannot get with the current model. It is a great system that has served us well, but we also know that there are newer systems that have been built with better technology.”

McLaren makes good with CFD

The Woking-based team are trying to compensate for the lack of technological amenities by working on their CFD. Focusing on the Computational Fluid Dynamics will allow the team to gather data an upgraded sim or wind tunnel could’ve provided them with.

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However, Key revealed their efforts are in vain. The team are still lacking important data that could help them.“We’re still missing some of the more precise data and the knowledge that we would otherwise get. That’s why we’re super impatient to get this data that will take us to the next level.”

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during practice REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Key concluded by highlighting how such upgrades could be a game-changer in the current competition. ” When it comes to big architectural decisions when you have vast areas to develop… your current equipment can, by and large, make a decision at this stage.”

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While the team are doing significantly well this season, Ferrari have caught up with them. Will the lack of technology result in McLaren handing over their P3 position as constructors?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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