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McLaren launches recruitment drive to help address F1 “weaknesses”

Mechanics work on the car of Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36, in the garage

While the Woking-based squad openly admits that it is waiting for a new windtunnel and simulator to come on tap in the middle of next year before it can accelerate its progress, it is not sitting back in the mean time.

After a season where it has not made the progress it wanted, having fallen away from the top three teams, McLaren knows it needs to lift things up if it wants to move forwards.

Speaking at the season closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, team principal Andreas Seidl has revealed that part of its efforts to improve things includes it bringing on board more staff over the next 12 months.

The team felt that the way that its early season brake issues triggered problems for its in-season development programme had exposed a lack of resource.

“This season clearly has showed us some of the weaknesses we still have in terms of setup of the team,” said Seidl.

“And thanks to the issues we were having, it became obvious to us that we didn’t have enough resources available compared to other teams, especially on the engineering side, in order to be able to deal with developments of the current car plus making sure in parallel you can have a look on next year’s car as well.

“That’s why we have put in a lot of hard work, also together with the financial department, knowing that we are working in a cost cap environment as well, to find synergies and efficiencies within the current way how we do F1.

“That has allowed us now to start, pretty much two months ago, quite a significant campaign of hiring more engineers to simply have more people available, in order to be able in the future to do things more in parallel.

“I think that’s definitely one of the weaknesses we’re having currently in the team. And hopefully, with getting more of these engineers on board in the next year, we will be able to make another step there.”

Mechanics work on the car of Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36, in the garage

Photo by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

It is understood that the jobs include high-profile positions including aerodynamics project leader, senior aerodynamicists, senior suspension designers and aerodynamics designer.

While teams are operating under a cost cap in F1, McLaren gave the green light to the recruitment push after a deep analysis of its spending over the first year of the new rules had highlighted where savings can be made, and resources diverted, to bring on board the staff who can help lift its performance.

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