McLaren driver Lando Norris has voiced his confidence with the upcoming switch to Mercedes power.
McLaren are currently in the process of fitting their newly badged MCL35M with the Mercedes power unit they will run for the 2021 Formula 1 season.
Team Principal Andreas Seidl recently discussed the progress of the MCL35M build. Along with the renewed relationship McLaren are enjoying with the Mercedes engineers and mechanics.
The Woking-based team are also optimistic about the potential added power and reliability that comes with a Mercedes power unit.
“I think all round, it’s a better package,” Norris said. “It’s more power. Touch wood, it’s more reliability. It’s a slightly better-fitting package, so as just a whole, there’s a lot of positives about it.
“I’m not into everything, so I’m sure there are maybe some negatives there, and we have a good relationship with Renault, so things are very smooth now and we know them, and there’s going to be a lot of new things.
“I’m sure there’s going to be some things we have to understand and we’re not going to be quite as natural with just the mechanics and the engineers and how they understand everything. Of course they’ll do a great job in that transition in trying to understand it.
“There’s going to be some things which are a bit trickier, but as a package, it should be much better, and that gives us good confidence it will take us that little bit further towards the top.”
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The MCL35M will incorporate some portions of its 2020 predecessor, the MCL35. However, in order to integrate the new power unit and gearbox, a chassis redevelopment has been undertaken.
Mercedes run a significantly different configuration to Renault. Forcing McLaren to utilise their all-important development tokens in order to undertake the process.
McLaren have shown significant progression over the past two seasons. Dominating the midfield battle and at times, competing with the top tier constructor’s. With a deal in place for the provision of Mercedes engines until 2024, expect McLaren to continue trending up in the coming season’s.