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We're 'working around the clock' to 'nail this car', says Daniel ahead of British GP

DR discusses our upcoming home race and the recent progress he's made

Whether it's on the sofa, in bed, or in a race car, feeling comfy is crucial, and Daniel believes he's found a setup that he's feels just right.

Speaking ahead of our home grand prix at Silverstone this weekend, Daniel praised the hard graft going on at McLaren HQ, with work undertaken to recover from a frustrating weekend in Canada where both drivers missed out on points for the first time since Miami. 

"I know the team has been working on trying to dial the car in more," Daniel explained. "Canada wasn't a strong weekend for us, so the team have been going through a lot of stuff. This includes technical meetings, working on pit-stops - and generally just working around the clock to get better.

"For us and my engineering team, it was sim work, trying different set-ups and trying to nail this car. I think we've got a better understanding of the car - particularly in the last few races, where I've been able to find a bit more of a setup that I am comfortable with.

"It's been good. We know our weaknesses - they're not overnight fixes, but we know the direction to go in and where to develop the car in the next few months."


Back in 2011, Daniel made his Formula 1 debut at Silverstone for HRT. 11 years and 13 races later, he has a podium and nine British GP points' finishes to his name, placing in the top five in five of the last six races, including fifth with us last year.

With all that experience at the track in F1 machinery, it's a circuit he knows well. So, what can we expect, and how likely is the infamous British weather to play a part?

"In terms of the circuit, it's very high speed," he continued. "You are kind of on the limit of the car's downforce, which is fun. It is also very windy a lot of the time, so that can really disturb the car. The high speeds and the wind can make it quite tricky and catch you off guard.

"The weather is always a factor. For example, the rain dries very quickly because it's very windy, so if it is wet, you have to be prepared for a quick transition into dry conditions."


With home comforts for the team and the passion of the British crowd, including the anticipated sea of papaya, Daniel said he'll enjoy the perks that come with our home race, including his choice of accommodation for the week.

"I think everyone likes being at home," he said. "The team have always got some family in the paddock or in the stands, so that is cool, and I think we appreciate not jumping on a flight for a race too.

"I stay in a motorhome, which is quite a cool little environment. A few of us do that there, and it has a bit of a British summer vibe."

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