McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has confirmed that the new nose of the MCL35 tested last week at the Russian Grand Prix by Lando Norris brings a gain, which means the British team are on the right track. direction and should therefore bring other new parts in the next race at the Nürburgring.
Last weekend in Sochi, only Lando Norris was able to ride with the new MCL35 nose, not least because the McLaren team failed to manufacture enough parts for Carlos Sainz's car after his crash at Mugello .
The Woking team principal confirms that McLaren is heading in the right direction with the new nose, which is estimated to gain one tenth on a fast lap exercise.
“We wanted to gain experience as quickly as possible. That’s why we tested the first parts of the package as soon as they were available. " explains Seidl, quoted by AMUS.
“Based on the wind tunnel results, the new nose looks like the right way to go. There is more potential in the new concept which we hope will allow us to achieve even more performance. "
“We will therefore have more parts to bring to the track gradually. We should always try to be in the small operating window of the car with the setup. "
“If we are successful, we can win a tenth. On the other hand, if you make mistakes, you lose a tenth. "
“In such a tight field, that can mean the difference between sixth and twelfth place. From the outside, this fight is certainly fascinating, but it always gives us headaches. "
At the Russian Grand Prix Carlos Sainz had to retire in the first lap due to a crash, while Lando Norris’s race was precisely ruined by the crash of his teammate.
In the world championship McLaren is still third after ten races, but the British team are just two points ahead of Racing Point and seven points over Renault F1. There are seven races to go before the end of the 2020 season.