The F1 automobiles could also be staying largely the identical subsequent season however McLaren must carry out “open-heart surgical procedure” on theirs to suit a brand new Mercedes engine.
Earlier this yr, the Method 1 groups voted to run this yr’s automobiles in subsequent season’s championship in a bid to chop prices.
However whereas that’s positive for many of the groups, for McLaren it includes a bit extra as they’re swapping from Renault to Mercedes engines.
As such, crew boss Andreas Seidl is anticipating a busier winter than most.
“Clearly, when it comes to the duty we as McLaren must do over the winter, it’s nonetheless an enormous job we have now forward of us due to the change of the facility unit,” he instructed GPFans.
“It’s open-heart surgical procedure on the race automotive.”
McLaren will no less than solely must sort out one pre-season check earlier than the 2021 championship will get beneath approach.
“However impartial of that,” Seidl continued, “we are attempting already to cut back as a lot as we are able to the workload on the race crew members within the winter.
“Doing one check much less additionally helps when it comes to the depth of the winter programme.”
Seidl feels that’s three too many.
“I feel it isn’t a secret that we have now stated a number of instances, Zak and myself, that we’d be extra in favour of doing fewer races, possibly 20,” he stated.
“We might go for a approach of alternating races from yr to yr to ensure you can nonetheless go to completely different places and in addition go to new tracks or to tracks the place we haven’t been previously, like we have now seen this yr, after which do fewer races and create extra worth round these races with extra exclusivity.
“However in the long run, that may be a choice for F1. Method 1 is in command of seeing what’s one of the best ways ahead with all of the evaluation they’re doing there and in addition we belief them to make the proper selections.
“When it comes to the format, I feel a two-day format is certainly one thing that may assist to cut back the workload on our individuals.
“Particularly within the interval of those triple-headers it might assist, let’s say spending extra time at dwelling for our mechanics and engineers.
“Friday night time is at all times very intensive when it comes to work, so right here the compact weekend we did on the Nürburgring and Imola would assist.
“It’s undoubtedly a dialogue that we’re completely open for and we will certainly have with Method 1 going ahead.”