Sport McLaren team boss: Most intensive Formula 1 season ever

06:40  01 july  2020
06:40  01 july  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl expects extraordinary strains after the restart of Formula 1. "We will experience the most intense season ever," said 44-year-old Passauer before the opening race on Sunday in Austria.

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The teams would have to prepare for a “permanent balancing act” in order to master the tightly packed racing operations and the necessary further development of the cars in the factories. Formula 1 begins its season four months late due to the coronavirus pandemic, but plans to complete at least 15 Grand Prix runs by mid-December.

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McLaren are considered to have had a pretty poor season in 2018. Reliability issues plagued both their testing And yet, on the raw statistics, McLaren were also F 1 ’s best team last year. However much time McLaren have found in their chassis, the question remains whether it’s enough to compensate

With a comprehensive hygiene concept and a race without spectators for the time being, a world champion should be determined. Formula 1 found “a good balance between protecting employees and keeping the show going,” said Seidl. The biggest challenge for mechanics is wearing masks in the garage. According to Seidl, this is an “extreme physical strain”, so regular breaks will be provided.

Despite short-time work at McLaren and a lack of testing options within the framework of an older car, he was “very happy with the preparation” of the team for the start, said the team boss. The drivers Carlos Sainz (25) and Lando Norris (20) are “fitter than ever”. All that was needed was "three or four rounds in Austria, and the two of them would have shaken off the rust if one of them started", said Seidl.

The German has been team principal of the British racing team since May 1, 2019. After a Corona case at McLaren, the original season opener in Australia was canceled at short notice in mid-March. Before the restart, the racing team had been isolated from the rest of the company for weeks and tested regularly, said Seidl. There has been no new infection since then.

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