McLaren's team principal Andrea Stella is keen to guide his outfit through the delicate balance of ambition and realism as they set their sights on narrowing the gap to Red Bull in the upcoming season.
McLaren ultimately clinched a commendable fourth place in the constructors' championship, outpacing early frontrunners Aston Martin.
Yet, as the curtain lifts on the 2024 campaign, Stella is keenly aware of the need to anchor expectations. This cautionary approach is particularly pertinent given the formidable dominance displayed by Red Bull throughout the preceding year.
McLaren hopeful of competition in 2024
“Our philosophy is to be very fair to what we know,” he said. “We don’t have to create false expectations because the reality will come to you in a violent way, and we don’t want to find ourselves in that position.
“At the same time, we don’t want to downplay too much and then find out we weren’t ready to fight at the front, and we didn’t make good decisions based on that.
“We will just stick to the data, be realistic and be honest. That is our philosophy.
“You like to see what kind of progress you are making in the wind tunnel, in the computer simulations, and you know that a certain rate will mean you are two-tenths, half-a-second, seven-tenths better at the start of a season.
“Realistically, we know that if we want to retain our competitiveness going into next season, you need to have half a second in hand, otherwise, you are moving backwards.”
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