McLaren Expresses Concern Over Components as Three Formula One Races in Nine Days Approach
McLaren team principal, Andrea Stella, has expressed apprehension over the upcoming challenges of three races in nine days, coupled with the potential need for parts replacement in the event of damage during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix next weekend. This race will also serve as the first sprint round of the Formula 1 season, adding an extra layer of complexity to the already hectic schedule. Following this, the drivers will make a 6,000-mile trip to Miami for the sport’s first double-header of the season.
Although this presents a significant logistical challenge for the teams, Stella has voiced his support for the sprint races, stating that their job is to adapt to the demands while staying within the confines of the budget cap. However, with spare parts expected to be a concern for the teams, the McLaren team boss admits to being worried about the workload in Baku.
Speaking to the media, Stella confirmed that McLaren would attend the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with a sufficient number of parts and that they would be backfilled for the following race to elevate the quantity. He also acknowledged that there were ongoing conversations with the FIA and Formula 1 to find the optimal balance between spectacle and cost management for the teams.
The season is entering an extremely busy time, with five races scheduled in the next six weekends, and Stella emphasized the importance of drivers getting through the weekends without any damage. While nerves are certainly high, the collaborative effort between teams and the governing body should ensure the successful management of these logistical challenges.