McLaren team principal Andrea Stella has expressed his admiration for Red Bull after photographs of the underside of Sergio Perez‘s car revealed previously-unseen details. The images circulated around rivals after Perez crashed during Monaco Grand Prix qualifying, and marshals removed the car with a crane. Stella, a former race engineer for Ferrari, admitted to reporters that he had been impressed by what he had seen. “It’s very interesting indeed and also shows the complexity and quality of their development,” he stated. Red Bull are the current championship leaders, having won all six races so far this season by a comfortable margin.
Double world champion Max Verstappen has acknowledged on Thursday that Red Bull could win every race. McLaren, who are chasing a return to the top, announced earlier in the week the signing of Rob Marshall from Red Bull as technical director, engineering and design. Marshall, who has spent 17 years at Red Bull, working with Adrian Newey and being involved in Red Bull‘s championship domination between 2010-2013 with Sebastian Vettel, will join McLaren next year. Stella is excited about Marshall’s arrival, stating that his “unique level of experience [and] know-how in terms of engineering and design of Formula One cars” will be a huge asset to the team.
Verstappen wished Marshall well and acknowledged the reason for his departure. “He did an amazing stint at Red Bull; I think everyone’s very thankful for what he did for our team. Hopefully he has a good time where he’s going, and a bit more cash in the bank doesn’t hurt,” stated the Dutch driver. When asked about the possibility of further signings, Stella stated that their technical structure is already well set and quite strong. McLaren currently sits in third place in the constructors’ championship, with Ferrari in between themselves and Red Bull.