Lando Norris, McLaren, Bahrain International Circuit, 2022

McLaren “heavily compromised” by brake problems in test – Seidl

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The brake problems McLaren encountered in the second pre-season test “heavily compromised” their preparations for the new season, team principal Andreas Seidl admitted.

After a productive start to testing in Spain, where the team covered over 1,500 kilometres, the team managed around 1,000km in Bahrain. Alfa Romeo and Haas are the only teams who have covered less ground over the six days of pre-season testing.

McLaren encountered a braking problem in Bahrain which limited the number of consecutive laps Lando Norris was able to run, as he handled their testing solo due to Daniel Ricciardo’s absence. The team wasn’t able to address the problem until the final day of the test after new parts were flown in from their base in Britain.

“Definitely our testing so far was heavily compromised by this unexpected brake issue that we are facing on the front axle at this track,” Seidl admitted. “There’s obviously only so much you can do here, out in the field, and also in terms of time available getting new parts from the factory.”

The team were “pretty much fire fighting”, said Seidl on the final day of the test. “Overnight, again, we made modifications to the cars here at the track. We received some new parts as well in order to reduce the challenge we are facing here, so we made another step which allowed us in the morning to run more laps and also run continuous laps.

“So we definitely made another step but in the end, we need to wait now for next week.”

The inability to conduct “quality testing” over multiple laps of running “definitely limited that focus of the test quite a lot” said Seidl. “That definitely puts us on the back foot.

“At the same time, it’s an experienced team with two experienced drivers so I obviously hope that with the testing we still could do and the upgrades we brought to the car this week that we still could limit the damage.”

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7 comments on “McLaren “heavily compromised” by brake problems in test – Seidl”

  1. Unfortunate. But when Lando was drivinv it, it seemed very stable and very fast. I think that if they manage to get on top of it, they can fight the weakest of the three top teams.

    1. I hope you’re right and I hope they can do it quickly.

  2. Embarrassing, amateurish. It takes one month to make a brake disc, they could not afford to have miscalculated something as crucial as brakes. I know weight saving is key but McLaren looked to be in the mix with RB and merc.

    1. Tell us more about the manufacturing process of a formula one car, and how you wouldn’t have made such an embarrassing mistake.

      The issue was not brake discs, rather cooling required for said brakes. Mainly due to an underestimation of just how quick the cars would be, and thus how much braking force would be required to slow the cars from a higher speed. Overly large brake ducts increases drag and effects air flow down stream, too small and they overheat. A fairly minor issue for them to get in hand and not one that any other team on the grid hasn’t dealt with.

  3. Get it sorted please.
    I really want both McLaren and Ferrari at least snapping at the heels of RB and Merc this season.
    Preferably both right in there fighting for wins.

    1. RandomMallard
      14th March 2022, 16:45

      Yep agree (albeit I am a McLaren fan so it kind of makes sense!)

  4. Please be fast!

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