With the MCL36, McLaren believe they have finally cleared the “roadblock” of slow-speed corner struggles.
The 2022 challengers were designed to overhauled regulations, the goal being to minimise the impact of dirty air coming off the cars which hampered a following driver.
At the same time though, the new regulations have served to address McLaren’s weakness over the last few years, that being slow-speed turns.
“The low-speed is not perfect, but it’s not the real roadblock we had in previous years,” McLaren’s technical director James Key told The Race.
The issue is not completely solved, but Key believes it is now more due to the “characteristics” of the 2022 cars rather than still being a McLaren problem.
“Some of it definitely is these cars’ wider characteristics, so for totally different reasons to last year it’s still a bit of a trait of these cars,” Key explained.
“Very little of the reasons behind the issues we had before [carried over]. We could…