The Coronavirus’ pandemics brought this year to a handful of uncertainties. The new 2020 season is still on the pausing mode and nobody knows yet if it will ever see the green light shine for Formula 1.
Liberty Media alongside with F1 and the FIA decided to extend the teams’ shutdown longer and their workers and on furlough. In this current situation it looks like it is impossible to provide a normal cars’ development, as the F1 audience is getting prepared to watch the Melbourne GP 2020 set-up race for the whole season if not longer.
There are some teams that would have more issues to stay stick to this new information. McLaren, in fact, had already planned an engine switch for 2021 from their current Renault one to Mercedes. In technical terms, this means many adjustments to the Woking chassis in order to allow a new engine that brings as inheritance a new shape and new dimensions.
Andreas Seidl decided to ask directly to FIA to monitor them.
“We are okay to be constantly monitored by the FIA”- the Woking- based team boss revealed.
“We are going to use the developing team only to allow the new Mercedes engine to come in our chassis. No speed boost for us”- he said. Despite the new issues are currently causing a delay in every project that was previously agreed, the Woking- based team is determined to continue on the engine switch to Mercedes in 2021, without further procrastinations. Just in case this would not be possible, though, they are open to continue the collaboration with Renault’s motorisation.
“If the 2021 engine switch would not be possible, we do not see any issue in staying longer with Renault’s motorisation – Seidl declared – Our relationship with Renault has always be open and transparent so this option would not be a problem at all for any of us.”