McLaren bringing minor upgrades to Monza
29 August 2013 – Sam Michael has said that McLaren will only be bringing minor upgrades to the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix, with the squad instead earmarking Singapore as a more appropriate venue at which to implement its next big development package.
The outfit has been off the front-running pace this year, but the introduction of new parts in recent races has corresponded with a slight upturn in form for drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez. Although keen to maintain momentum, with less emphasis placed on downforce levels at the high-speed Monza circuit, Sporting Director Michael pointed out that there was more time to be gained by focusing on drag reduction.
"There will be a few upgrades because it is a completely different drag level - so we have the highest top speeds and so you have different front and rear wings and tweak a few things around the front of the car to suit that track," Michael told Sky Sports F1. "But I think the next sort of high downforce track and the next big raft of updates people will be looking at bringing will be Singapore, so Monza will be a sort of intermediate race."
Michael added that the outfit is now using the MP4-28 as a test-bed for 2014 parts.
"We had a good turn of pace in Budapest and another at Spa as well," he said. "But it is not where we want to be - we are here to win the race, but we can't do that at the moment as the car is not fast enough. But we are definitely starting to see progress. A lot of our development is focussed on 2014, so anything we bring to the 2013 car now is only things that will help us understand next year's car."