Mclaren brought to Silverstone a flat bottom and modified front and rear fins to improve its performance in slow corners. The high temperatures and the gusts of wind made it difficult to collect data, but Andreas Seidl, the boss of the Woking facility, believes there has been a difference.
“We had a testing program that we wanted to do, so a really big thank you to the whole team for pushing really, really hard at the plant over the past few weeks and months to make these changes. the comparative tests in FP1, which were able to be completed. And so far, with everything that we have analyzed, the developments are working as expected, which is again a good sign that we are moving in the right direction. "
“It's important to have that correlation between what we see at the factory in the wind tunnel and here on the track. At the same time, it hasn't been an easy day either, due to those gusts of wind. It's not really what you enjoy when you make such comparisons with precise measurements, because the progress you are making is so small that in an ideal world you would wish you had stable conditions like in the laboratory. "
"Nevertheless, we did the program and then, in addition to some changes made to the car mechanically in the second practice session, I think we were again in the window of what was expected, in terms of performance. "
Regardless, Seidl explains that there is still work to be done. "The drivers are not yet fully satisfied with how the car feels, with its balance. But at the same time, we have to be very careful, with the windy conditions in addition to the high temperatures on the track, to draw the right conclusions for Saturday. and Sunday when we get colder temperatures. And hopefully the wind will calm down a bit too. "
"It is certainly not easy for the drivers as well to really point out the weaknesses of the car because, at the end of the day, the windy conditions take over quite a bit. But, with everything we have seen so far, the The evolutions work as expected. And it's independent of the conditions because, in the end, it's just a matter of putting more aero load on the car, more downforce. "
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