McLaren: F1 must avoid letting B-teams become key for success

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl thinks strict limits need to be in place between so-called ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams on competitive “principle”.

He believes it is “worrying” for the rest of the grid if the ‘A’ squad benefits from the work of the ‘B’ squad – for example, if Red Bull were hypothetically able to improve their car if AlphaTauri innovated in a way that could help both teams.

As a result, that kind of collaboration between two teams could be seen as compromising the integrity of the sport, if that became the case.

And because of the ambitions McLaren have to get back to the front of the field, Seidl hopes to ensure the playing field is as level as it can be.

“It has two issues,” he told reporters when questioned about working relationships between teams, quoted by Motorsport.com.

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“It allows ‘B’ teams with, let’s say, less effort, putting less effort in, to overperform. But even more worrying is that the ‘A’ team is benefiting from it.

“And that is obviously the worrying thing, with the ambition we are having as a team. I still hope we find solutions here because clearly the target we are having, the ambition is not to have a second team, for example.

“I hope F1 never ends up in a position that you need to have a second team in order to fight at the front.”

Seidl, meanwhile, was quick to add that the success of Haas is fully deserved, going against the view of Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, who questioned their links to Ferrari, given the “super job” they have done to jump up the pecking order.

The McLaren team boss has “full confidence” the FIA currently have a robust system in place in combating any undue collaboration between teams as they are in “permanent dialogue” about the situation.

But he wants assurances the sport should ban aspects of development that cannot be “policed” between two teams, such as the sharing of intellectual property, in order to ensure Formula 1 has 10 individual constructors in their own right.

“It’s just a matter of principle where F1, the FIA, the teams, need to decide what F1 should be in the future,” he explained. “And again, our position hasn’t changed, and has nothing to do with current sporting performance of teams.

 

“Again, we just want to make that clear. Haas deserve all the results they produce at the moment because there are regulations in place and if they fulfil the regulations, there’s nothing to complain about, which we also don’t do.

“It’s about principle, and what should F1 be in the future. Again, we think F1 should be a championship of constructors. This means everything that is car performance-related, all the IP (intellectual property) that is relevant to car performance, needs to be done by the team – by the specific teams.”

 

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