McLaren believes that the difficulties that Daniel Riccardo faced in adapting to the MCL35M last season had some positive effect, as they allowed a more detailed analysis of the features of the 2021 chassis. The conclusions reached by the team’s specialists were taken into account when developing a new generation machine.
“For us it was a learning process, because a new, very talented and experienced driver came to us, – quotes the edition of The Race as saying Andrea Stella, the racing director of McLaren. – But at certain points he began to have difficulties with piloting our car at high speeds, although they did not appear before.
For example, for Lando, the McLaren car is the only one that he has driven in Formula 1, so he could not compare it with others. But when a new driver came to the team, who has very clear guidelines, it helped us understand a number of features of the car’s behavior, which ultimately needed to be improved.
Some of these features were due to the fact that the car reacted too harshly to steering, even at a small angle. In 2017, when Formula 1 switched to wider tires, it immediately became clear that our car was too sensitive to small steering movements. This is fine if you have to overcome a 90-degree turn, but in most cases it becomes more difficult to drive such a car.
And when we found this out, it became clear what had to be done so that the aerodynamic body kit worked more stably when cornering. In general, Daniel was adapting to the car, but to some extent we also tried to adapt the car to his driving style. The experience and knowledge gained during this process was taken into account as much as possible when developing the chassis for 2022. ”
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