Oscar Piastri believes a “nightmare” problem that plagued McLaren at the start of the season has now been eradicated.
The team suffered its worst start to a Formula 1 season after they finished outside of the points in the first two races at Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
McLaren’s form picked up after a major update package in Austria, with two podium finishes in four races before the summer break backed up by Piastri’s runner-up finish in the Belgian Grand Prix Sprint.
Asked if the Woking-based outfit’s podium-challenging performances would become the ‘norm’ for the rest of the season, Australian rookie Piastri told media including RacingNews365: “I think so. Silverstone and Hungary were very different circuits, very different conditions.
“These track temperatures were the stuff of our nightmares at the start of the year.”
McLaren favour Hard compounds
This has been a characteristic of the MCL60 since the start of the season, with the team suffering most at the circuits which feature high temperatures and tyre degradation.
This is why it largely favours the Hard tyre instead of the Softs, having put Lando Norris on the compound in the final stages of the British GP to earn their first podium of the season.
Pirelli Head of Motorsport Mario Isola explained: “McLaren in general use harder compounds because they know that their car is slightly more severe on the tyres.
“So obviously they are able to manage the degradation better with harder compounds because they don’t usually have any issue with the [tyre] warmup.”