James Key, McLaren’s technical director, spoke about the strengths and weaknesses of the MCL35 that the team entered in 2020 in the F1 world championship.
“I think our strengths overall have been the high speed corners” he explained. “Certainly from the start of the season we were very competitive in the medium and high speed corners.”
“Straight-line braking was also another of our strengths, which has benefited us on some circuits like Austria for example” continues the Briton, adding that the tight corners are the weak point of the 2020 chassis.
“I think we still need to improve a bit at low speed, that’s one of our weaknesses. It’s not as bad as in 2019, and it was one of our big efforts to try to improve the speed, balance and consistency that we had in certain types of low speed turns. “
“Then under certain conditions the car is not performing as well as we would like it to be, in certain weather or grip conditions, and we see that in the data.”
“We understand that, but it doesn’t fix overnight. So that’s what we’re really aiming for. I think if we can fix some of those issues we’ll have a more consistent car from race to race. ‘other.”
He finally reveals that the MCL35 was extremely sensitive to wind: “It has been a bit of a problem for us. We think we have hit on something, which is just a feature of the car that we have to sort out.”
“But like everything else, there is no quick fix, you just have to work on it. There is one element that is probably a little more affected than others, positively or negatively, depending on the direction of the wind. “
However, the McLaren was not the only car affected: “Every car, of course, suffers from it. Our drivers said they’ve seen cars ahead that are locking their wheels and have issues as well, so I think it affects everyone.”
“But it’s possible that on occasion, when the wind has turned in the wrong direction or affected a certain turn in some way, it has had an adverse effect on us.”