During the recent races in Austria and Britain, McLaren unveiled the initial two phases of a significant three-part upgrade that will result in a comprehensive transformation of nearly all aerodynamic components on the car.
The last parts that were supposed to be used in the Hungarian GP last weekend have been delayed due to design and production schedules. However, Norris has achieved second place in the past two races, with Max Verstappen being the clear winner.
With this recent form allowing McLaren to beat Mercedes, team principal of the eight-time constructors’ championshp-winning squad Wolff reckoned his competitors had gained a second per lap.
The individual from Austria stated: “It is evident that McLaren has surpassed all others with their update – it was unexpected for them to come in with such strength.”
“They managed to secure an additional chance, surpassing Aston Martin and Ferrari in the process. Aston Martin and Ferrari were initially considered formidable competitors, but now they have fallen behind.”
Stella chose not to announce the lap time discovered through the modifications made to the MCL60, but she believed that Wolff had overstated the improvements.
Following the most recent Budapest round, in which Oscar Piastri finished fifth after losing out to Norris via the undercut before sustaining floor damage, Stella said: “In fairness, we haven’t done a proper numerical estimate.
“We had an internal estimation of our own derived from the observations in the aerodynamic maps. By conducting simulations, we obtained a numerical value that I am unable to disclose, but it was not one second.”
“I believe that the performance and progress of your vehicle contribute to the condition of the tires simultaneously.”
“This will provide you with additional advantages in terms of lap time.”
After the race, Lando Norris of McLaren secured the 2nd position, joined by Oscar Piastri. Zak Brown, the CEO of McLaren Racing, and the entire McLaren team celebrated their achievements.
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McLaren had downplayed their expectations for Hungary due to the track’s lower speed nature, but Stella has once again taken steps to manage expectations before the Belgian GP this weekend.
McLaren’s performance in low-speed corners still requires improvement, according to him.
The Italian expressed optimism about the progress made in medium speed during the event.
We can definitely observe this when comparing ourselves to our competitors.
“We also observe that we experience a time loss in the three corners where the speed is low… Thus, this confirms that there is still room for improvement in low-speed situations.”