Get ready for Round 11 of the 2019 season with our official race preview – think of it as your McLaren encyclopaedia for each race weekend.
Hear from McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, get insight from Team Principal Andreas Seidl, and learn more about the wider team with our Spotlight series.
|When||26 - 28 July|
|Start time||15:10 local, 14:10 BST|
Carlos Sainz #55
“It's been an interesting first half of the season and I’m determined to keep pushing as hard as ever before the summer break. There is still a long way to go in the Championship, but all our focus is on the next stop – Germany! Hockenheim is a classic track on the F1 calendar and we head there aiming to keep our momentum up.
"I spent some time with the team back in the factory after the British Grand Prix. Everyone back in Woking is working flat out and their efforts have been key to staying competitive within the midfield. Let’s keep up the good work!”
Lando Norris #4
“I really enjoyed the whole experience around my home grand prix, even if the result wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. I’m now looking forward to getting back on track in Germany. I’ve raced at Hockenheim a few times before in junior formulae, but I’m excited to race there in an F1 car for the first time.
"It’s a cool track and I’ve had some good experiences there in the past. We are working on improving the car at every weekend and every session is crucial to that development, so I’ll be looking to hit the ground running from FP1 onwards.”
Andreas Seidl, Team Principal
“We’ve had some positive results in the last few races, but we know there is no room for complacency if we want to keep moving forward and there are always improvements to be made. The race at Silverstone proved how close the midfield teams are. Despite the good result at the British Grand Prix, there are still clear areas to work on and we aim to make progress at every single race. Heading into the final back-to-back before the summer break, it’s important that we keep our focus during this busy period and push right up until the factory shut-down in August.
“It will be a special moment for me as we head to my home country. Germany has many motorsports fans who deserve to see a good race and I hope the future of the event can be secured soon.
“From a team perspective, we remain motivated towards giving Carlos and Lando the best possible tools for them to do their job. It’s a collective effort that starts back at the factory and ends at the track when we send our cars out on race day, and we’re always looking at how we can improve.”
|Race distance||306.458km/190.433 miles|
|Distance to Turn One||310m / 0.193 miles|
|Corners||17 (11 right, 6 left)|
|Tyre choice||Hard C2, Medium C3, Soft C4|
Spotlight: Pedro Gomez
The spotlight is rarely shone on the team outside of the garage – but the contribution is no more and no less important. While a rapid pit-stop, bold overtaking move or decisive strategy call earn the plaudits, successes are just as dependent on engineering an upgrade in record time, manufacturing high-quality components, and carrying out stringent analysis and simulation. Every part of the operation needs to work in harmony to see progress on a race weekend. This is the ultimate team sport.
We are a team together. And these are some of our employee, partner, and fan stories.
When did you start working at McLaren?
I joined McLaren in January 2010, the same time when Jenson joined McLaren. I came from Ferrari after spending three years there.
Please can you tell us a summary of your job description?
My role as a Senior Aerodynamics Design Engineer is to design using CAD software, and together with the whole Design team, the external shape of the F1 car: from the front wing, the nose, bodywork, floor, etc.
I like to say that I make dreams come true! All the great ideas and concepts defined by the Aerodynamicist Engineers need to be designed in 3D to make it real, and this is basically my role - to make sure to design the best surface shape for the car for each circuit requirement that offer the best aerodynamic performance, and also comply with the legality requirements by FIA.
What do you love about your job?
Simply having the privilege of designing the McLaren Formula 1 car, and watch it in action on-track track every race weekend. I feel very fortunate to have been in position to design F1 cars for more than 13 years.
Since I was a child I had always loved to draw cars, and I never thought that passion for drawing could become my job as an adult.
What are you doing when the lights go out?
My job is normally based in the factory so when the lights go out I am like any other McLaren fan cheering for the team.
I always stand from my seat, wherever I am watching, and try to keep my nerves under control! There’s nothing else I can do, apart from wishing that the race will end with a success for our team.
Last thing a driver said to you?
It was Carlos few days ago: in Spanish “…tenemos que organizar una Paella pronto…” “… we should organize a lunch with Paella soon….”
What’s the highlight of your McLaren career so far?
Winning races is a fantastic feeling. I was privileged enough to be at Brazil 2012 for our victory. The emotion of the moment and sharing with the team is unforgettable. Now we're doing everything we can to bring McLaren back to where it deserves.
What is your earliest McLaren memory?
Of course, the great Ayrton Senna and his fights with Alain Prost. As a child I still have clear memories of watching them battle in an iconic McLaren car on TV.
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