McLaren is slowly bringing Formula 1 personnel back to the McLaren Technology Centre, but team principal Andreas Seidl has said the 'race team' are operating as a separate bubble, away from the MTC.
When Formula 1 returns at the start of July, teams will not be permitted to mix with one and other - each outfit set to operate as a 'family unit' or 'bubble'.
With this in mind, McLaren has already separated the 'race team' from other team personnel.
"On the racing side, the race team, we have somehow separated them at the moment from the MTC, simply to make sure we go in this bubble as early as possible, of being separated," Seidl said in a McLaren video.
“Also there, we’re doing a lot of work in order to be ready for Austria. There will be a lot of new procedures in place in terms of social distancing as well, wearing all these face masks and so on, in order to be safe.”
Races come thick and fast after the July 5 opener in Austria, and Seidl knows a large reserve of spare parts will be required if McLaren is to succeed in the congested midfield.
He added: “It’s very important now that we ramp up production as quickly as possible to 100% again, because, as you can imagine, doing eight races in ten weeks, you need to have a lot of parts ready and prepared in case you have accidents or in case we have parts failing, to make sure we get through these race weekends as cleanly as possible.
“Then, on the development side, James [Key – technical director] is fully up to speed again with his engineering team that is still working from home, in order to make sure we keep going on the development side, and we try to beat the competition."
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