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McLaren claims boost up pitstop performance

McLaren team sporting director Sam Michael says the team’s pitcrew has attained the true pace and he need keeps this reliability for further races.

Sporting director says that they are initially targets average pit-stop performance, but the Woking based team record pit-stop.

Last grand prix at Silverstone McLaren done fastest stop of 2.66 seconds was also just slightly slower than the record-breaking 2.60s stop that it did in Valencia a fortnight ago.

“We knew we were there in Montreal, but we had a couple of races with hiccups, where things failed and had problems,” Michael told AUTOSPORT. “In terms of the pace and the consistency of the pace, we knew it was coming – and we said that.

“Now, we are definitely there – but we have got to keep on it. If you look at some of the problems that teams had at Silverstone – Mercedes had the wheel nuts again, Sauber with [Kamui] Kobayashi, and Red Bull had a problem as well – it is hard out there.

“So if we can stay away from the problems and average those sorts of times, then we can be there to make sure that we are fast enough when the car is quick enough to win. Then it will become a differentiator. It wasn’t at Silverstone, but it can be.”

First few races McLaren made pit-stop error especially in rear wheel fitting problem. In European GP they come-back strongly and improved the job. In Valencia McLaren right-rear wheel pit guy was injured following Lewis Hamilton’s front wing made a contact and had looked set to be forced to ignore the Silverstone.

“He was better, he came in on race morning,” Michael said. “He came on Saturday, did that morning’s pitstop practice, did 10 stops and was the quickest on those! He didn’t work [on the car] Saturday, didn’t work on Sunday, but came in for the race and we used him. He was good to go!”


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