Why did the McLaren team stop when the Brazilian Formula 1 race resumed?

Why did the McLaren team stop when the Brazilian Formula 1 race resumed?

Although the Woking-based team had finished second behind Max Verstappen at the Brazilian Sprint, it felt it had a much better chance at the main Grand Prix.

After Norris’ impressive start in the original getaway on used soft tyres, where he jumped from sixth on the grid to second at Turn 1, McLaren says its mindset completely changed when the red flag came out as a result of the Turn 1 collision involving Kevin Magnussen and Alex Albon.

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Instead of playing it safe on the restart, and sticking with the soft kit used in the original start as Verstappen had done, she opted for a completely new kit because she felt it could give her a whiff of victory if Norris could dash into the pack. Bullets when the lights went out.

McLaren team boss Andrea Stella explained that the team felt a tire change was worth the gamble as it might be enough to overcome what he felt was a small deficit to Red Bull.

“I definitely think in terms of our style, especially after the red flag, we wanted to win it,” Stella explained when asked by Motorsport.com if he felt he had a chance of beating Verstappen at Interlagos.

“At the beginning, we wore our best set of soft clothes, so we decided to start with a new set, so we could try to take the lead. From there, we (maybe) put Verstappen in an unusual position and see what we do.” “We can do that. Maybe we can just cover for anytime he’s doing maintenance and stuff.”

Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60

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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB19, Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60

But McLaren’s plan fell apart at the first hurdle, as Norris found himself affected by Verstappen as he headed into the first corner.

Although the Briton was able to catch up with Verstappen in the opening laps, and even briefly launch a challenge, McLaren quickly realized that following too closely led to the tires overheating – so they had to back off.

Stella added: “We couldn’t take the lead at the launch. We came very close to doing it on track, but then our tires started to overheat and we needed to think about achieving our target lap times, because (Fernando) wasn’t that far behind.” At that point, it looks like he can stay with us.

“Of course, we did our best in the first stint. I think after that, Verstappen had enough of a lead to manage the situation again.

“I think any time we tried to get a little closer, even if there were a few laps in the second stint where it looked like we were getting closer, he was able to put together a few big laps. After the first stint, there was no ‘We can’t do too much.’

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Having seen how Saturday’s sprint race turned out, with Verstappen looking able to control the pace over the long run while Norris was pushing from behind, Stella was well aware that the start was the only chance to do something truly different.

“That’s why we wanted to take the lead on the new tyres, and try to change the kind of fate that would have happened if Verstappen had been leading the race,” he said.

“We wanted to break that kind of continuity with (Saturday) but unfortunately we lost that. Not much, but maybe a metre, so we could actually pass. After that, it was almost like a repeat (of the race).” )).”

Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60

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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60

Norris himself accepted that once Verstappen was comfortably at the front, there was little he could do to challenge him as Red Bull seemed more able to look after its tyres.

“It was similar to what we saw in the race,” he said. “I wasn’t too far behind in the first 10-15 or 17 laps, but in that last stage, I fell back a lot.

“I don’t know if it’s just that we’re a little bit slower and I’m putting in more effort to try to keep up and then I’m paying the price, or if it’s just a little bit of deterioration in our tires and it’s not quite like it is now.” Good and we struggle at slow speed, a bit with the rear.

“This is where we struggle after the lap at the end. So, yes, there are obvious things to improve.”

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