McLaren will continue to bring updates for their 2021 car after introducing a new front wing and floor at the Spanish Grand Prix.
“We’ve been bringing little bits and pieces from the start of the season with our race one-spec car, which we tested in Bahrain before we hit Bahrain for the race at the beginning of the year.
“Since then, we’ve been doing sort of minor updates as we’ve gone through. This race was the first to introduce heavier steps that we wanted to make.”
Changes to F1’s regulations for 2021 created some significant opportunities for development, said Key. “We had a tweak on the front wing architecture, it’s a new front wing and the floor as well, where the regulations really kicked in at the side of the floor.
“That’s still an area which is ripe for development and it’s still quite raw, I think you kind of see a theme beginning to develop there. But there’s still plenty of performance to be found in some of these fresher areas.”
The team ran back-to-back tests of their new parts during practice. “We had a lot of work to do to make sure we were happy with how the parts are working, tune the cars to them, give the drivers the opportunity to back to back and we’ve kept the spec that we brought,” Key explained.
“So we have updated the car with the new parts, which is great news and an excellent effort from all the guys in the aero and everyone factory to design it and push it through the production process to get it here on time and give us the sets that we needed.”
The new components were used in the race and Key added there will be “some more parts coming” in the future. “We haven’t finished the 35M yet, there’s a few updates still to come. There’s some still in a conceptual place at the moment as well and we’ll be bringing those as we go along.
“There’s no set target events, at the moment, for any of them – we’ll put them on the car when they seem to be ready and available to test, in some cases that the right kind of track. Monaco isn’t always the best place to bring certain things so they may be delayed for the following circuits and so on and keep sort of drip-feeding the car with new bits.”
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