McLaren were one of the teams to use the Spanish Grand Prix to introduce a number of upgrades. With these new parts, Lando Norris made it to eighth place. In recent years the McLaren cars have been particularly strong in the faster corners but this year the team believe they have an all round package where the slow corners are no longer a weakness. Low speed grip is obviously of great importance at Monaco and the slow, twisty third sector at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is often taken as a good indicator. However, McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl has a different opinion.
“Monaco is such a special track that it’s always difficult to predict how you’re going to perform there,” Seidl replied to a question from Motorsport.com whether McLaren’s better performance in slow corners makes him optimistic for the Monaco GP. “Look at last year when we had a car that was struggling at low speed compared to the competition. Even back then we were able to fight our way into the top 5 in qualifying and we even clinched a podium finish in the race. It’s such a special track that it’s hard to predict how it’s going to turn out, especially with these all-new cars.”
The two McLaren drivers know Monaco very well. Lando Norris was on the podium for the British team last year, while Daniel Ricciardo won the race for Red Bull in 2018 and narrowly retired in 2016 after a dramatic pit stop. Seidl hopes that both drivers can be as strong again this weekend. “Obviously a lot depends on the drivers on this track. Daniel has achieved great results here in the past and Lando has always been strong here too,” said Seidl. “I think we can go to Monaco with caution, but at the same time we’ll all start from scratch again on Friday morning and see how it goes.”