Tim Goss, the technical director of Mclaren, says they work to provide Alonso and Vandoorne with a full range of options.
One of the main focus on this 2018 season is the performance of Mclaren. The Woking team, after changing the Honda engine to the Renault engine, is one of the big bets to return to the top of the classification.
From the team not only they are working to adapt the new engine, also they want to make a complete car, with which the pilots feel comfortable and can take away the hidden potential. This was stated by the technical director of McLaren, Tim Goss, who highlighted the team’s development work in 2017: “Initially we were not worried about what level of performance we were going to put into the car, what we wanted was to understand physics of the car and trying to get the best of aerodynamics, height, suspensions … only when we did that and we were happy with the aerodynamic behaviours, we started to work on performance”, said Goss on the single-seater ‘last year.
Aerodynamically, Mclaren last year received good reviews. A chassis diminished by the Honda engine, which could not be seen more than in few races like Hungary or Singapore. For 2018 and with the Renault engine, the car that Mclaren wants to manufacture, and as Goss points out, is a car with a wide range of options: “Much of producing a great F1 car is currently giving to the driver a car that can squeeze. We are trying to do something that works very well in a wide range of circumstances”, said the technical director of the race.
Goss assured that many times last season were very “frustrating” because of the power of the Honda engine: “Rather than put sticking plasters to try to cope with the fact that we had an underpowered engine, what we really wanted to do is develop the best car and assume the engine is going to come. This period was enormously frustrating because we knew we had car performance, but we could not defend ourselves, “commented Goss.
With the arrival of the Renault engine, Mclaren once again has the option to shine with the car that they design. The responsibility is back on its roof.