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McLaren look forward to big upgrades to improve fortunes

The team has big upgrades planned in the next couple of races as it looks to turn around their fortunes and finish more regularly in the points.

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It's been an underwhelming start to the 2023 Formula 1 season for McLaren, with the team scoring just 14 points in the Constructors' Championship.

The bleak outlook has been felt as Lando Norris spoke of a "shocking" lack of straight-line speed the car has compared to rivals, while Oscar Piastri has suffered from technical glitches that have affected his performances.

CEO Zak Brown believes the team has been honest and transparent about it's shortcomings, while Team Principal Andrea Stella has confirmed the team is looking towards the next few races to introduce big upgrades midway through the season.

"You will definitely [see upgrades] before the summer break, and we are distributing these upgrades between Canada and Britain," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"We will be avoiding Austria because it's a Sprint event and, given the size of the package, we are not confident to bring it to an event [with more redesign].

"We did it in Baku because it was just the floor, but here there's more redesign involved."

Stella: McLaren limited by early decisions

Going into the European races, Stella says the team has been limited by the decisions taken earlier on in the season on car development.

He explains that it is much easier to change a setup issue on the car compared to a fundamental car concept problem, which is a contributing factor to their performance on track.

"If you have a setup issue, then you can react in the space between now and Imola. But at the moment, we have more issues to do with the specification of the car and with the package," he explained.

"You have to design, build, produce, and so on. So what happens in Imola is what we decided one month ago.

"There is little developments coming for Imola, but they are minor compared to the step we need to make to be consistently in the points."


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