Reviews McLaren updates: two steps back, one forwards
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McLaren Formula 1 driver Lando Norris wonders if VR46 Moto3 rider Celestino Vietti slashing his hand while attempting to copy his champagne bottle ‘smash’ podium celebration at Jerez last weekend was due to it being prosecco. © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images John McPhee, SIC Racing Team, Tetsuki Suzuki, Celestino Vietti Ramus, Sky Racing Team VR46 The celebration is one Norris that has used throughout his racing career, where he slams his bottle on the ground to cause the champagne to explode upwards, but says he’s never had a bottle smash apart before and wished Vietti a speedy recovery.
One update in two steps, but the second was too much: this is how it can be described what McLaren experienced at the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Because there the traditional British team used the second part of its technical innovations on the MCL35, but without a happy ending.
Sois backing down and taking some new parts back from the vehicle. "We are now taking it step by step," says Chief Technology Officer James Key.
That means: McLaren is upgrading its vehicles to the state before the Eifel Grand Prix, only with the new front section that was first used in Russia. "On Friday this week and on Friday next week we will then re-introduce the new parts to evaluate them again," says Key. "That is the plan."
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Norris specification as the basis in Portimao
And in contrast to the Nürburgring, where Sainz and Lando Norris ultimately drove with different expansion stages, this time McLaren wants to equip both vehicles equally.
"We're taking the specification that Lando used as a base. That includes the new nose, which works absolutely fine, exactly as expected," says Key. "So this part is now part of our normal specification because we're happy with it."
Key also says that McLaren has "additional updates" for Portimao that have not yet been used at the Nürburgring. "We will also test these parts on Friday [in Portimao]. And at least one of these parts could stay on the car for the rest of the event." Key did not provide any further details.Even more new parts from McLaren
Just this much: "At the Nürburgring [due to the bad weather on Friday] we did not have the opportunity to test the parts. We’re doing that now, and one part at a time. Then we’ll have a look individually and think about what we can finally put together to form our package. "
McLaren slipped from third to fourth placeat the Eifel Grand Prix.
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