Date published: December 7 2018
Lando Norris has revealed McLaren are working on better on-track correlation ahead of the 2019 season.
A switch from Honda to Renault power did not lead to an immediate change in fortunes for the once mighty McLaren, who suffered another dismal campaign with the MCL32.
Norris and Carlos Sainz will further represent a fresh start for McLaren in 2019, and the Brit has given an indication of what is going on behind the scenes with the Woking team.
“I guess [the engineers] have decent ideas of things that they’re working on, bits they’re trying to improve,” Norris told the official Formula 1 website.
“All those little things which they’ve had a lot of data on to say it’s better, but things can always change, and sometimes it looks good in the windtunnel and in all the aeromapping, and then you get to the track and it does something slightly different to what you expect.
“Of course, they’re confident they’re making the right changes. There’s been quite a lot of changes in the team and how they’re approaching things and approaching the work for next year and the development.
“I think they’re focusing more on making sure something is 100 percent better rather than just going, ‘Ah it looks like it’s going to be better’ and… putting it on, something like that. I think they have a much better understanding, but time will tell.”
McLaren CEO, Zak Brown, added that some of the second half of the 2018 campaign was targeted with 2019 in mind.
“Some of the development in the second half of the year was about learning for next year’s car,” he added.
“I’m confident the team is working hard together and we’ve obviously made changes to understand and identify where we’ve made mistakes and we are looking not to repeat those going into next year.”