McLaren to gamble on extreme set-up at Sochi

Date published: September 20 2018

McLaren to gamble on extreme set-up at Sochi

McLaren could run a more extreme set-up on their cars in Russia as they look to improve the straightline speed of the MCL33.

The Woking team trialed several ideas at Monza as they went with a more aggressive set-up choice before reverting to a conventional approach in Singapore.

Fernando Alonso is hoping they are willing to gamble at the next race when F1 heads to Sochi for the Russian GP.

He said: “Some of the ideas we tested in Monza where we improved on the Saturday were more for drag reduction, so will be implemented.

“Hopefully Russia will be the first opportunity to revisit those set-ups.”

Sporting director Gil de Ferran says confirmed that McLaren are likely to do just that.

“We are always trying to do the best we can to step forward,” he said.

“We are trying to bring a little bit of aero development every race but that’s not the only thing. We’re now exploring different spaces like Fernando said.

“In Monza we decided to take a completely different direction and it worked out well for that type of track and maybe we will explore a similar direction again in Russia. But the work hasn’t stopped.

“We are full-on on next year’s car but we come to every weekend trying to do a little bit better, fight for points and improve our position in the championship.”

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