ezzeddein wrote: ↑
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:58 am
But I mean that our upgrade did not achieve the required speed to compete with the Renault and the Racing Point
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I don't think you can draw that conclusion
Car performance between teams has always fluctuated depending on circuit characteristics. Even the Mercedes cars perform better at some track than others, albeit their car is so far ahead they seem to still come out on top anyway.
What has been great with McLaren has been that although not always the fastest of the midfield, it has always been there or thereabouts, when RP, Renault & Ferrari have perhaps had a some great & some not so great performances
That said, RP were always ahead of us, they just didn't show it to start with whilst they got to grip understanding the car bought (sorry, designed!) . I don't believe their recent upgrade has given them any significant improvement either, besides, most of their upgrade was simply installing Mercedes parts
and making the necessary adjustments to the package to optimise the performance.
It is true Renault seem to have made good progress with small upgrades to all areas but they have not introduced anything significantly differently, they are just optimising what they have & optimisation has its limits and usually only brings small gains overall
As it stands McLaren are clearly in the mix still with the other leading midfield teams. They are still 3rd in the championship (albeit RP were deducted 15 points) and had the Drivers
managed to keep out of trouble over the last few weeks I'm sure the gap would be bigger.
McLaren's initial bargeboard upgrades were part of their original development path, we are now seeing the start of the work that was undertaken when it was decided to roll-over the chassis to 2022. They probably wouldn't have even been able to start on this until May due to enforced factory shutdowns, so 3 or 4 months from design to production of a new package including crash testing a new nose is actually pretty good
I think this can be considered a substantial package, far greater then we have seen by other teams, although I'm sure they will all be working on something of a similar size for next year
The homologation of the front crash structure (the new nose) which takes place tomorrow, has probably meant McLaren have had to introduce it ahead of time of where they probably would have ideally done so to meet the deadline. As pointed out above, the new nose on its own does not bring lap time but does open up the current package for further development which is well underway. its hoped the new package all together will be a decent
At present McLaren may be the 4th or even the 5th fastest car depending circuit, but lets see where we stand in a months time, and next year before we debate who's development path has been steepest