In an unexpected turn of events at the British Grand Prix, the Woking-based team, McLaren, leveraged their most recent set of enhancements to secure a front-row position for Lando Norris and a second-place finish behind Max Verstappen, the race winner.
However, McLaren isn’t satisfied with this achievement, believing there’s more potential to unlock in this season. Team principal Andrea Stella asserts that more advancements are underway in the factory to enhance the car’s speed further.
McLaren’s original plans include launching an upgrade to the MCL60 at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with the team expecting additional modifications in the upcoming races.
Andrea Stella, elaborating on the plans, said, “For Hungary, we have additional updates designed to improve race pace. Both drivers will have access to these. Like other teams, we’ll continue to introduce upgrades in subsequent races. This is possible due to the unlocked performance once we began redesigning the car. Our aerodynamic development has proven quite effective with each iteration. When we ascertain that a project is ready to deliver, we proceed with it, so there’s more to expect after Hungary.”
While McLaren had optimistic expectations that their recent upgrades would boost their performance, Stella concedes that the magnitude of improvement was beyond their predictions. “We’ve found pleasant surprises like these upgrades that we brought to Austria and here,” Stella acknowledged. “In terms of lap time, we didn’t anticipate this level of enhancement.”
Stella acknowledges that the performance at the British GP may have been enhanced by the high-speed nature of the track. However, he firmly believes that the MCL60 has genuinely advanced. “The evidence from the race is quite promising,” he declared. “Our ability to keep rivals like Ferrari and Mercedes at bay during the first stint was a surprise even to us.”
Acknowledging the improvement as authentic, Stella cautions that the high-speed corners and cold conditions at Silverstone may have favored their performance, but he maintains that the car has demonstrated increased competitiveness during the race.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about McLaren F1 Upgrades
How did McLaren perform at the British Grand Prix?
McLaren performed exceptionally at the British Grand Prix, with their driver Lando Norris securing a front-row position and finishing second behind Max Verstappen.
What are the future plans for McLaren’s F1 upgrades?
McLaren is planning to introduce an upgrade to the MCL60 at the Hungarian Grand Prix. They also plan to continue making further modifications in the upcoming races.
What was the impact of McLaren’s recent upgrade package?
McLaren’s recent upgrade package led to significant performance improvement at the British Grand Prix, a leap that was beyond the team’s own expectations.
Is there more performance improvement expected from McLaren’s latest F1 upgrades?
Yes, McLaren’s team principal, Andrea Stella, anticipates further performance gains from the latest F1 upgrades.
How does the McLaren team view their car’s competitiveness in the race?
The McLaren team believes that their car has shown increased competitiveness in the race, though they remain aware that certain conditions, such as high-speed corners and cold weather at Silverstone, may have amplified their performance.