McLaren has introduced a new technical structure after a review by team principal Andrea Stella, who was requested to do so by CEO Zak Brown. Erstwhile technical director James Key has left the team as a result, and three technical directors will now take charge of separate fields: Peter Prodromou will be responsible for aerodynamics, Davide Sanchez for car concept and performance, and Neil Houldey for engineering and design. Despite the shake-up, driver Lando Norris says he has complete trust in the new structure and the people behind it.
Norris said: “I guess as the driver, and the person that’s driving the thing affected by all of this is, I have just got to have the confidence and faith in the people who are running it… I still have a lot of faith and belief in them. So I have confidence in the changes and whatever the beliefs they have, I share those.” Although Norris acknowledged that making big calls is a difficult part of the job, he believes such changes are vital if McLaren is to work its way up the grid.
Norris added: “It’s clear that we’ve not done as good of a job as what we should have done as a team, or a team who should be championship contenders and top-step contenders… we’re far from the level we need to be at to be able to achieve that. So some changes were made.” However, Norris recognises that making such calls involving team personnel is a tough aspect of the job. “This is a business at the end of the day… [It’s about] what’s best for the business and not just maybe what looks the nicest. And sometimes you have to be a bit more cold-hearted… it happens at every team up and down the grid.”