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F1 | Bahrain Testing | McLaren happy with the Mercedes' power unit performance during testing

Lando Norris has shared his thoughts about the Mercedes' power unit performance and some other concerns ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

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F1 | Bahrain Testing | McLaren happy with the Mercedes' power unit performance during testing
Fuente imagen: Hasan Bratic - MotorLat

McLaren has had a pretty successful last few years. After not having had a very positive 2018, the British team has gradually adapted to the changes and the correct decisions have made this team resurface to such an improvement that they managed to position themselves in third position in the constructors' championship during the 2020 Formula 1 season. The main "failure" or problem that McLaren has had is with its power unit suppliers. To begin with, Honda was the lowest point the team had, engine failures, low power, among many other problems were the most common. After ending its relationship with the Japanese, McLaren decides to move to Renault. They were a total of 3 seasons (2018, 2019 and 2020) that they were with the French and, as we could see, it was a great improvement in these last two years, reaching podiums and almost victories. Now, the British team is leaving Renault behind to move on to Mercedes for the first time since 2014. The German power unit is regarded as the most powerful and above all reliable, this sees McLaren join Williams and Aston Martin as one of their client teams in terms of engines. These were some of Lando Norris's first impressions of his new power unit.

“I think overall it has been a good run with the power of Mercedes so far. I think we are happy with how things have gone. For me, the important thing is to understand all the new switches and ways of working that they have, that is one of the most important things to get used to, and in general, it is that small step forward in many areas. " The British pilot commented.



“It has been very productive what we have done between us and the guys at Mercedes [HPP High Performance Powertrains]. I think we can be happy with the improvements we have made over the last three days. There are still things to work on again not just with the car, but with the power unit and such, but at the moment it looks good and we are happy with how things have gone so we have to wait until qualifying to really unlock the potential and see what this baby has. " Norris stated.

As we can hear, Lando sounds quite happy with the performance of his MCL35M. McLaren was present during the pre-season tests with very good times by Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris. It is well known that expectations in the British team have grown significantly since last season, in addition to McLaren being categorized as one of the strongest teams to maintain that third place in the constructors' championship.

"On the other hand, I think we have to understand the car a little more, how to configure it perfectly and we have to think about how we are going to get those three or four tenths that we are going to need in a couple of weeks."

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