McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl is “very satisfied” with the development of the 2022 car. The team is making progress week after week, he says, but the German is not yet ready to set a specific target for the new season: “More importantly, this car is another step forward.”
It will be an exciting winter for Formula 1 teams and fans. With the new rules there are again opportunities for teams to take big steps forward, but that also means that teams can lose ground. The cars should be less bothered by the dirty air, which should make racing a bit easier. Moreover, in certain areas there is little room for creative ideas in the rules.
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Setting specific goals while it is not yet clear where the team stands in relation to the rest is difficult. “Yet as a team you naturally try to set ambitious but also realistic goals,” said McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl in an interview with Formel1.de. “From my point of view, I am very pleased with the development I am seeing at the moment.”
“The car responds to the developments,” continues Seidl. “We are really making progress week after week in the wind tunnel. We will only really see what it brings us in the first qualifying in Bahrain.”
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For 2022, Seidl does not want to put too much emphasis on a certain final position. He would rather see McLaren take a step forward compared to 2021, even if that means a worse final classification because other teams have taken a bigger step. “The most important thing for me is that the development of this car is another step forward compared to the developments in recent years,” says Seidl.
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