Prodromou: McLaren had lost its way

By on Thursday, April 30, 2015
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McLaren chief engineer Peter Prodromou says that the squad had 'lost its way' when he re-joined the outfit last year.

Prodromou worked for McLaren prior to a long stint at Red Bull and says that when he returned to the Woking-based team, its direction had to be changed.

"Over the last couple of seasons, the team slightly lost its way aerodynamically," he said. "It became obvious that if we’d carried on with the previous concept, there’d only be so much we could achieve.

"So we’ve begun to establish a new aerodynamic concept, and a different way of working, too. That new concept has majorly shaped where the team’s heading in the future."

Racing director Eric Boullier added that the altered culture has resulted in upgrades working far more efficiently.

"There’s been a huge change in overall culture and philosophy," he said. "At every level of the company, there is clear leadership. We agree the direction we want to pursue, and we bring people with us.

"The attitude has changed from ‘telling’ people, to ‘asking’ people; we’ve integrated people, and we share opinions and ideas.

"The main outcome of that new approach is that people now have a sense of ownership in the car. And they’re more motivated and interested as a result. To give you an example, I guess about 50 per cent of the upgrades we brought to the track last year didn’t completely work; this year, we’ve brought that down to about five or 10 per cent."

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