Why McLaren wants to see its missed opportunities as a positive

Why McLaren wants to see its missed opportunities as a positive
Why McLaren wants to see its missed opportunities as a positive

McLaren boss, Andrea Starsays the team will not allow anger over its repeated missed chances to win to “make and break” its progress in Formula One as one of the best teams today.

The team of Woking had to regret another victory that slipped through his fingers in the British Grand Prixas a series of strategy errors opened the door to Mercedes’ victory with Lewis Hamilton.

The decision not to make a doble pitstop and dropping Oscar Piastri during a critical change to intermediate tyres left the Australian out of contention for victory.

Then, as the track dried out in the final part, a slow tyre change with Lando Norris coupled with the poor choice of soft compound when he had a new mediumcompromised his chances – and saw the Briton finish behind not only Hamilton, but also title rival Max Verstappen.

Norris said after the race that he “hated” this run of McLaren missing golden opportunities to win and “having excuses for not doing a good enough job.”

Although the situation is not easy to handle for the team, Woking After a run of repeated narrow wins, Stella believes it is important for the team not to dwell on the negative.

Otherwise, he believes there would be a risk of a negative spiral, in which the team would cancel out the steps forward it is taking by focusing only on its mistakes.

Oscar Piastri, McLaren MCL38

“Near misses are, first of all and in a certain way, good news, aren’t they?” said Stella, when asked about the mentality after Silverstone.

“We couldn’t fail fighting for wins, with those kinds of near misses, until 12 months ago, so first of all we have to look at the positives.”

“We have to look at the fact that the team is in a position to be frustrated because we are third with one driver and fourth with the other. And once again, our team was the one that scored the most points, right?”

“Therefore, if we do not start from the positive, from construction, we will be the ones who build and destroy, and we will always remain at the same level. So this is everyone’s responsibility.”

Stella believes it is essential that McLaren use continued disappointments as a means to learn lessons and become stronger in the future, rather than wasting time thinking about what could have been.

“While Lando and Oscar bear no responsibility for some of the missed opportunities, we all, drivers included, have a responsibility to keep building,” he said.

“And when there are days when we miss an opportunity, that is actually the best opportunity to keep building.”

“We’re competing against teams that have won championships and are made up of people who have been around for many years, as if they were familiar with this type of racing at the top of the table, in changing conditions and so on.”

“From that point of view, we are under construction. And we accept these near misses. The frustration will pass very quickly, but the next opportunity will come soon. So we have to be prepared.”

Stella explained that McLaren will, as usual, conduct a review of everything that happened at the British Grand Prix to find out where mistakes were made and what can be changed to ensure those mistakes are not repeated in the future.

“You look back at your decisions and see how the decision was made,” he said. “You see what information we put on the table. Was that information used in the best possible way or not? What were the contributions of different people?”

“This is how you manage complex processes. And when I say complex, I don’t just mean because it’s a difficult decision, but because it involves a lot of people.”

“And you also have to make sure that when you review it, it’s a good learning experience for everyone involved. So we review, we learn, and we start again.”

 
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