McLaren still searching for ‘consistent’ pit stops

Date published: August 23 2020

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has admitted efficiency at pit-stops during races remains a work in progress for the team.

McLaren principal Andreas Seidl was happy with the team’s pit-stop improvements in Spain but says the next challenge is consistency.

Whilst you have the likes of Red Bull setting ridiculously fast pit-stop times, McLaren have been at the other end of the scale this season.

In fact, at the Hungarian Grand Prix McLaren found themselves at the bottom of the fastest pit stop times, 0.5s slower than Haas.

Slowly those times are starting to improve, whilst Seidl also noted that equipment failures have held the team back at times this season.

But going forward the team’s next challenge is consistency.

“It was important simply, like we always have done, to analyse in detail after each weekend what went wrong together with the team,” he is quoted by RaceFans.net.

“We had issues so far this year. We were not always spot-on on the execution side, but also we had issues with the equipment. And that’s something that takes time to build up again.

“We were quick last year, but we were not robust enough. We made good changes on the equipment side over winter in order to help the crew to make sure we don’t have these catastrophic pit stops but somehow lost the speed and the consistency, as you have seen in previous races.

“We go into a lot of details when we do the analysis together with the guys to see also where we can help them. We did that after the last race at Silverstone and it was good to see actually [in Spain] that all the hard work the guys were putting in was paying off.

“At the same time, there’s no reason to get carried away with that. We know we are not as consistent as we would like to be and as quick as we want to be. But it was a definitely good step.”

McLaren will be desperate to sharpen their skills in the pits with P3 in the Constructors’ Championship still their aim for this season.

Get your hands on the official McLaren 2020 collection via the Formula 1 store

“I think the fight we are in, in terms of pure car performance, is with Ferrari and Renault,” Seidl told Autosport.

“We have to stay realistic there. If Racing Point actually can use the potential of this car they have, it’s difficult to fight them.

“But with the drivers and the level of execution we have there’s always the chance to still battle them and battle one Red Bull, and that’s what we are aiming for.

“This fight for P3 we will not give up as long as there is a chance.”

Follow us on Twitter @Planet_F1 and like our Facebook page.