McLaren plan to bring upgrades for the MCL35M to the Hungarian Grand Prix, as the team continues to battle with Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship.
The fight for third place in the Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship is heating up. With Ferrari closing the gap to McLaren to just 15 points.
While Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo scored a good haul of points at the British Grand Prix. A second place finish by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, and fifth place by Carlos Sainz meant the Scuderia still managed to chip away at McLaren’s lead.
As the 2021 F1 season progresses, we will see some teams start to shift their focus more towards 2022. Planning and adjusting to the massive changes cars are set to undertake. However, that will not be the case for all teams.
Red Bull has continued with development of their 2021 entry, while Mercedes also brought upgrades to their car at Silverstone over the weekend. McLaren are set to join that group of developers, as the Woking-based team looks to keep the edge over Ferrari at the upcoming Hungarian Grand Prix.
“We are bringing some upgrades to Hungary for our car in order to make sure we keep this battle up,” said McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl. “It is great for us that we are in P3 in the Constructors’ Championship, and after 10 races, 163 points is again a big step forward for us compared to last year. So I am very happy for that.”
McLaren’s main challenger in 2020 for third place in the constructors’ standings were Racing Point. With Ferrari suffering from engine and chassis problems, resulting in a slip all the way down to sixth at the end of the year.
However, the two competitors of McLaren have switched places this year. With Racing Point, now known as Aston Martin, having slid down the rankings to sixth, while Ferrari sit in a comfortable fourth.
A resurgence from Ferrari wasn’t expected so soon after their failed 2020 F1 campaign. With many around the paddock speculating the team wouldn’t be competitive again until at least 2022. When the new regulations come into effect.
Seidl is not surprised with the form Ferrari have shown this year though. Given the strength of the two drivers and the resources at their disposal.
“I am also not surprised by the steps they can make in a season, as it is a strong team with two strong drivers,” he said. “They also have all of the resources that they need in order to react to problems. They have the team with the experience to react to the problems so it is not a surprise. It will be a very tough battle until the end of the season.”
The 2021 F1 season has so far been the most entertaining in recent years. There is strong competition between the two front-runners in Red Bull and Mercedes. As well as the ongoing battle between McLaren and Ferrari for best of the rest.