McLaren’s team boss Andreas Seidl confirms that McLaren has an exact schedule on when to switch to the 2022 car development.
With big regulation changes incoming in the 2022 Formula 1 season, the teams needs to calculate the right moment to abandon the development of the current challenger and put all the efforts and resources into the brand-new car. McLaren’s team principal Andreas Seidl reaffirmed that the team had planned the moment to start working on the new car and the battle for 3rd place in the Constructors’ Championship with Scuderia Ferrari would not affect it.
“I obviously don’t know what Ferrari is planning, but I think from our side, we have a clear plan of what we want to do this year and when we want to switch to next year. Of course, it’s a bit of a live decision, not just depending on how competitive you are at the moment compared to Ferrari and AlphaTauri,” Seidl said.
“It will also depend on if you actually see a lot more potential within some more runs, for example, in the wind tunnel, because you see some promising directions, which then could lead you to say, ‘look, let’s invest two or three more runs because we could actually get quite a bit out of it for this year?’ Or if it goes in the other direction, you could say, ‘it’s pretty much done, you need to invest a lot more energy and time in order to make further steps, it could lead you to aborting it even earlier than planned,” he added.
“So, I would say we have a clear plan, [and] the flexibility to adjust. But I think it’s more depending on the potential we see with the directions.”
“Of course we want to do good this year. We want to keep this positive momentum up. But at the same time, the journey we are in is clear. We want to get back to the front. In order to do that, we want to use also this opportunity of the new regulations to come into place next year,” Seidl commented.
The German also said that the cost cap would not make any impact on the switch decision as well.
“It’s all capped from now onwards, and we are a team that is running at the cap, so it doesn’t really affect the money that we spend this year or next year. But of course, you need to make sure with distribution of the money for this year’s car, next year’s car, that you have the right balance there so that you can actually make a decent development for next year’s car.”
“But in terms of the decision itself, for me that’s more of a sporting and technical [call],” Seidl said in the end.