I was pleasantly surprised to read they were going ahead with the WT upgrade, it's a pretty big show of intent going into the future budget cap regs bringing it all back in house. I'm hoping there's a full chassis dyno thing involved at that expense (200m I read) but trying to get info on those dynos that are supposedly tied to the WT's is like drawing teeth.Jenson's Understeer wrote:And once it is built, the wind tunnel is going to be a huge benefit. I was at the MTC last month and the guy I was with showed me what they've got at the moment, and basically said the scale they're working on essentially meant they couldn't use it for anything meaningful, hence using Toyota's.Lotus49 wrote:He only joined last month, the foundations were layed last year with the development of this years car once the previous fault was found on the old one last summer. if we're dishing out credit then it should go to Zak,Fry,Prod,Stella,De Ferran,Alonso and Vandoorne amongst countless nameless others no doubt.j man wrote:That was my thought. The turnaround started once he came on board.Option or Prime wrote:Down to Andreas Seidl surely?
It's too early to give Seidl and Key any credit for the current updates that have had lead times of months before they even stepped aboard. We won't see their on track influence for months, probably not until next year. Organisational changes or improved efficiency could be seen sooner from Seidl but Key's focus is supposedly on next years car already and any hints or suggestions for this years car will need months of lead time so maybe small things could be added by the Asian leg but they both have nothing to do with the Spanish upgrades which built on the promising base delivered to winter testing from the guys in charge last year, like Fry.
As an aside, the MTC is a ridiculously impressive building. As good as it looks on TV, the attention to detail with the architecture and away from what you see on TV is stunning. Walking around it really hammers home just how big McLaren's underperformance has been in recent years.
I assume having the car division makes them feel they need a competitive F1 team so the extra expense is worth it and with the future cap being reachable for them they're doubling down so hopefully it works because I can't see the same in the future for Williams and it'll be a shame if McLaren are eternal midfielders in the future too and only Ferrari remain from the old timers.
I've never been to the MTC but everyone seems to say the same sort of impressive things about it, I need a visit.