Formula One News » F1 2013 β McLaren: 2014 cars risk vs reward Posted on 02/10/2013
McLaren sporting director Sam Michaels believes 2014 will be a case of risk vs reward and expects the possibility of random results and unreliability.
Speaking at a Vodafone call in, Michaelβs said “When you have such a big change you will build in more margin than you would have previously. Let’s say we hadn’t made changes, what you’d be doing is taking an extremely well known product and chipping away at marginal gains: a bit of weight here, a bit of friction there, some packaging.”
“That has all gone out the window in 2014.”
“You’ll be in one of two positions: you’ll push it too hard and be unreliable, or you’ll be too heavy and want to take weight out. The approach is one of risk versus reward, and both those things will take time.”
“It is pretty unlikely you will get it bang on; you just won’t in all areas of the car. Do I think it will mix things up? Probably. I’m sure there will be results that wouldn’t occur now.”
“When you get a big rule change the engineering structures are not fast enough to respond. It’s something you have to cope with – as well as performance you have to get back reliability as soon as possible.
“There is no secret; getting reliable takes time and an on-going dissection of what we have. Ultimately you are not going to have the same reliability you have on the current cars.”