McLaren ‘balancing’ new parts with upgrades

Date published: June 30 2020

Starting the campaign with a triple header, McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl says the Woking team is balancing building parts with updating the car.

This year’s championship will finally get underway this weekend at the Red Bull Ring, starting with the Austrian Grand Prix.

That will be followed a week later with the Steiermark GP before F1 heads to the Hungaroring for the Hungarian GP.

It is the first time that the teams have ever started a championship with three races without a weekend off.

And that, Seidl says, poses a new challenge.

“Our preparation for Austria has been a balance between building enough parts to get through an intense period of races and updating and developing the car,” said the team boss.

“The team is back up and running again, whether at home or in the factory, and we’re working hard to keep improving the car however we can.

“We have also spent some time getting used to the new working practices that will enable us to race safely, and we thank Formula 1, the FIA, the circuit and local authorities for their work on this.

“As one of the first international sports to restart, we value their commitment to keeping our team and the wider paddock safe.”

To ensure everyone’s health and safety, all team members will be tested every few days while interacting with rival teams has been banned, so too have fans.

Despite facing an uncertain situation, Seidl is hoping McLaren’s 2020 championship gets off to a fast start with the team having bagged a double points-haul at last year’s Austrian GP.

He added: “Two races in Austria presents an interesting new challenge for us.

“We were strong there last year but, with the uncertainty caused by the delayed start to the season, we will need to be operating at 100% to maximise our performances in both races.

“I know the whole team, Lando and Carlos are all excited by this challenge and we’ve been working hard to make sure we hit the ground running in Austria.”

He added: “It’s been a long wait, but we’re finally ready to get the 2020 season underway.

“I know that the fans, our drivers and our team have been waiting a long time for this moment and are all excited and hungry to get out there again.

“This temporary break in our sport has only made us more motivated to fight again. We’re looking forward to getting back to racing and going for the competition as hard as we can.

“It will be odd heading to track without fans in the grandstands, we feel their support everywhere we go and will be doing our best to put on a good show for those watching from the safety of their homes.”

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