Andreas Seidl admits that the pre-season testing in Bahrain has not started well for McLaren.
McLaren faced issues with brakes from the start of the Bahrain testing. Lando Norris revealed on Thursday that it was related with the temperatures and it did not allow him to have long runs. Seidl has spoken about the problem.
“After the good test we had in Barcelona, this first one-and-a-half days here definitely did not go to plan,” the McLaren team principal stated.
“We have unexpectedly an issue with the front axle with the brake, which we have to solve. So [it’s] a race against time at the moment in order to get upgraded parts.
“We will make steps with modifications that we could do here in the track, which still allow us to work on the car, working on the understanding of the car as well. We could run some small upgrades on the car as well, in order to extract more performance from the package.”
At the same time, Seidl believes that McLaren will overcome all the challenges before the start of the season.
“I’m still optimistic that despite the running time we lost and the limited laps we can do that, in the end, we can leave the track here well prepared for the first race weekend.”
Seidl has also provided an update on Daniel Ricciardo, who has missed the first two days of the Bahrain testing because of feeling unwell. He thinks that the Australian will be able to drive the car on Saturday.
“It is good to see that his condition is improving significantly and he is feeling better. So I am quite optimistic that we see him back in the car tomorrow.”