McLaren gives it back to Sainz

Woking makes an effort to solve the problems of overheating and the Madrid new chassis. Bottas led the first training sessions in Barcelona.


McLaren does his part to solve the problems in Carlos Sainz's MCL35. As a result of the car overheating last weekend at Silverstone, Woking has decided to rebuild practically the entire car in search of the cause, which for now they do not know, and that includes a chassis change at Montmeló. Andreas Seidl confirms this: "We changed components, including the monocoque. We must check during training if we have reached the source of the problem. Although it is important to emphasize that the difference in performance is not so great. At Silverstone there was a deficit in top speed and lap time, so we have to make sure it doesn't happen anymore. " "It had to be changed in Spa, but with the cooling problems they brought the change forward to Barcelona. The radiator is attached to the monocoque and we wanted to clear up unknowns," says the German engineer.

It will take "more time" to solve "the problem of the pit stops", although in the orange box they are very aware: "If you look at Carlos' races, a lot has happened, the flat tire or the problems in the pit stops they lost a lot of points despite their good performances in qualifying and in the race. Our job is to do better and I hope we can do it from Barcelona, in their home race. " Although they themselves admit that in Barcelona the heat may not play in their favor, as it happened in "Silverstone dos". Meanwhile, the Madrilenian was eleventh in the first free practice of the Spanish GP, ahead of his partner although far from the relevant fast laps. Better to wait for the second free.

Lead the session Valtteri Bottas with 39 thousandths over Lewis Hamilton, these yes with representative times. Verstappen was nine tenths behind Mercedes and a couple of tenths behind the two Ferraris, with Leclerc ahead of Vettel but separated by 10 thousandths. The German has also changed the chassis after the Silverstone race. The measures seem to work. The exotic note of this first morning of practice: the Israeli Roy Nissany got on George Russell's Williams and closed the timesheets, not far from Nicholas Latifi, although with a spin in the braking of La Caixa that will not increase his cache. In addition, Checo Pérez returned to Racing Point with a seventh in the times table. In general, no driver was lavish looking for pole laps, because the concern in the garages is in the long runs and the degradation of the Pirelli. Tires will be the star issue, one more week, in Formula 1.

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