Cape Town – McLaren CEO Zak Brown revealed McLaren are taking steps to
boost reliability for the 2019 season.
Last year, their first with Renault power, McLaren were
dogged by reliability issues in testing.
McLaren suffered five separate breakdowns over the course of
a troubled eight days although a late surge saw Fernando Alonso finished second
The Woking team covered just 599 laps, fewer than Sebastian
Vettel managed alone.
This year Brown says they are taking steps to avoid a repeat
“I don’t want to share in detail some of the things
we’re doing differently this off-season than we did last season,” he told
“We are doing things differently, to be more prepared,
not just with performance but we had a lot of reliability issues going into
Barcelona testing last year. So we have taken some measures to get ahead of
“We will continue to develop as all F1 teams do, on a
weekly basis, and we’ll bring to Australia our most developed performance that
we’ve been doing here since we started developing the car and having
reliability programs to make sure [it is better].
“One of the reasons why we were slower to bring
performance (in 2018) is because we had reliability issues.
“You roll off the truck in Barcelona, instead of being
able to get straight down to performance, you’re having issues – wheel nut
issues, heating issues – you then stop focusing on performance and you start
focusing on reliability.
“The team did a good job to give us reliability coming
out of Spain testing, to have cars both finish in the points in Australia.
“We’re in a better place performance wise and
reliability coming into winter testing.”