McLaren are due to make the switch to the power units of the Silver Arrows for the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. However, the Woking outfit were due to taking on the Mercedes engines as the new technical regulations came into play in Formula 1. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, the rule changes have now been postponed until 2022.
Andreas Seidl, the McLaren Team Principal, explained to Crash.net that the regulations changing means they have to prepare the current car to change to the engine and that they have agreed with the FIA for the monitoring to take place.
“First of all it is a change of plan for us because we planned to integrate the Mercedes power unit into the new car with the 2021 regulations,” he said. “For sure there will be restrictions in terms of how good we can integrate this power unit into the current car.
“We have agreed together with the FIA that they will monitor together very closely that we are only allowed to do the changes that are absolutely necessary to install the Mercedes power unit.
“So they will monitor closely that we don’t change any other areas in the surroundings of the power unit that will give us additional performance gains.“
Seidl added that he and McLaren were in complete agreement with the FIA following the team closely as they switch engines.
“We fully understand and agreed to that as in the end we need to look at the bigger picture which is to agree and support the freezing that is happening at the moment.
“Because, again, as I said before, that ensures maximum cost savings for everyone for this year.”
Seidl also made it clear that he did not think there would be a struggle in making agreements with Renault if the season continued into next January. As COVID-19 has left the season currently on a hiatus, with the return expected at the 2020 Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix next month.
He made it clear that they have a good relationship with Renault, as Renault will see their driver Daniel Ricciardo switch to McLaren alongside Lando Norris.
“If that really happens and we are going racing in January, I don’t think there will be any issue regarding our agreement we have with Renaults,” Seidl said.
“I think it is important to state that we have a great relationship there and an open and transparent relationship for this year. So I don’t see any issue there.”