McLaren Expresses Confidence in Mercedes but Demands More Improvement

McLaren extended its partnership with Mercedes for engine supply until 2030, but team boss Andrea Stella said that while the Mercedes power unit is a necessary condition for success, it is not sufficient, and the team needs to focus on improving the chassis and maintaining competitiveness.

Highlights

‣ McLaren has extended their partnership with Mercedes for an engine deal until at least 2030, providing stability for the team.
‣ The team’s inability to match Red Bull Racing was largely due to aerodynamic decisions, but McLaren has been acquiring high-quality personnel to improve in this area.
‣ The Mercedes power unit is powerful and reliable, contributing to a successful second part of the 2023 season for McLaren.
‣ Team boss Andrea Stella emphasizes the need for work on the chassis side, despite the reliable Mercedes power unit, to contend for a championship.


McLaren had a brief flirtation with Honda. But, in the end, they chose to stick with Mercedes. This happened towards the end of the last season. The deal they’ve signed with Mercedes is good until at least 2030, which gives McLaren some much-needed stability. But the question remains: will Mercedes’ power unit be the key to McLaren finally clinching world championships?

The Woking-based team, McLaren, hasn’t been able to match Red Bull Racing at Grands Prix. The main reason? Aerodynamics. The team’s decisions in this area have held them back. But things are changing. Over the past few months, McLaren has been busy recruiting top-notch personnel from rival teams. So, there’s a lot of work happening behind the scenes. And there’s no doubt about the power of Mercedes’ unit. It’s a beast of an engine, and it’s pretty reliable too.

Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri have been driving with a Mercedes at their back. The second half of the 2023 season went pretty well for McLaren. So, is this a match made in heaven?

Team boss Andrea Stella isn’t so sure. When asked if the Mercedes engine would be the game-changer for McLaren, he said, “I wouldn’t say that it’s so easy.” He was talking to the media, including GPblog. According to Stella, having a powerful engine is a necessary condition, but it’s not enough on its own.

Stella believes there’s a lot of work to be done on the chassis side if McLaren wants to compete for a championship. He’s confident about the Mercedes power unit. He knows it’ll keep McLaren competitive in the coming years. That’s why they made the decision to stick with Mercedes. But Stella also knows there’s a lot of work to be done on the chassis. Even though McLaren has made some remarkable achievements this year, Stella admits they haven’t developed the car for a few races. And it shows. Other cars have brought upgrades, and McLaren’s competitiveness has taken a hit.

Stella ended by saying, “It’s an incredibly competitive business. Focus certainly in the collaboration with HPP, but above all on ourselves and making sure that this momentum is carried forward into the next in the next years.”

Albert Ramirez
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