After finishing the 2021 season claiming the fourth place in Constructors’ standing and interrupting a decade-long deficiency of victories, McLaren came into the new year feeling very optimistic.
Following the introduction of new ground effect technical regulations, the Woking-based team thought they could finally be battling at the top of the field. However, their car faced severe brake problems at the start of the campaign, with the team struggling to understand the MCL36 at times.
Eventually, the team managed to get the grasp of their challenger and hit a consistent series of results, which led them to contend the fourth place with Alpine until the very last race in Abu Dhabi, but they ultimately fell 14 points short.
McLaren's team boss Andreas Seidl was asked to summarize their season in just a few sentences. In particular, he believes that the 2022 season has highlighted some engineering flaws within their way of operating.
“I think there were two big challenges for us this season,” he claimed, “the braking problems we faced at the beginning of the year and the situation with Daniel.
The German engineer has pointed to very positive outcomes too. “From my side, it was great to see how the team has worked to make its way out of the difficult situation as strong and as quickly as possible and to go back fighting for P4.
“For me, it was also great to see how Daniel has dealt with the decision to part ways at the end of the season.
“The way he has handled the decision has shown his absolute world-class character. It would have been so easy for him to take the team apart, but he never did.
“I am very happy that we managed to finish the season as a united team, and to be in a position to have a laugh together despite finishing our collaboration,” he concluded.
Seidl went back to talking about the engineering side of things, claiming that: "This season has clearly shown some of the weaknesses we still have within the team. Overall, however, I liked how the team progressed. I think we are heading in the right direction.
"With the issues we were having [with brake problems], it became obvious to us that we didn't have enough resources available compared to the other teams, especially on the engineering side, to deal with the development of the current car.
"[It also impacted] making sure it was in parallel with next year's car, which is why we have put a lot of hard work in with the financial department.
"Knowing that we are in a cost cap environment nowadays, we actually found synergies and efficiencies within the current way [in which] we do Formula 1 that allowed us to start quite a significant campaign of hiring more engineers," he explained.
"[We will] have more people available in the future to do things more in parallel, because I think that's definitely one of the weaknesses we currently have within the team and, probably with getting more engineers aboard over the next year, we will be able to make another step."