(Motorsport-Total.com) – Bringing both vehicles into Q3 is no longer enough for McLaren in the 2020 Formula 1 season (in the live ticker!). The qualifying for the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring brought with it worries: places eight and ten are acceptable, but not the order.
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Because Carlos Sainz starts with the completely redesigned MCL35 two places behind Lando Norris with the old expansion stage. McLaren split its strategies after the end of the Friday training session: Sainz received the update with the new nose, which was also used at Norris in Sochi. The Brit’s bolide has been upgraded to its old state.
However, the Spaniard didn’t manage either in the only free practice session of the weekend or in qualifying: “I didn’t feel comfortable in the car”, the 26-year-old concluded. “We saw that with Lando in Russia, too, when he was also having difficulties with the new parts there.”
The disappointment is written on his face when he says: “I don’t know what to say. When you add new things to the car, you expect to be faster than your team-mate [ohne diese Teile]. We lack a lot of knowledge with the new package. I’m not saying it’s no better than the old one, but you expect to get faster. “
The fact that three hours of training have now been canceled came at the worst possible time for McLaren. “We simply needed more time to optimize the set-up in order to get the maximum out of it,” says team boss Andreas Seidl at ‘Sky’.
McLaren thinks long term
Lando Norris adds: “When you only have one workout, it’s hard to figure out what the best set-up is [für so ein neues Paket] is and how to reach its full potential. Carlos had to deal with that today. I am glad that I was able to stick with what we know. So I’m pretty happy. “He’s starting from eighth position.
So are the updates a failure? Seidl doesn’t believe that: “The changes in the front area of the vehicle are major changes to the aero concept. But we are currently seeing in the wind tunnel that this simply opens up new potential for further development – also for next year.”
“We are not yet seeing the step that we are hoping for in the future, because it is a large and complex change and we do not have the test time to optimally coordinate the car with the new parts. But with everything we have in the data have seen, the updates work as we basically expected. “
And Sainz also believes in the long-term effect of the package: “We believe our wind tunnel and the figures it generates. Because of the development perspective, it is very important to also drive a full race to compare the two cars. And then to see how to make the cars faster. “
McLaren is not alone in this. “Unfortunately, the Renaults have been a bit faster than us for some time now. I don’t know if we can challenge them,” said Sainz. And then Ferrari is again very much involved in the music on the downforce-intensive Nürburgring. So it’s going to be an uphill battle.