McLaren praises Mercedes’ “courage” to try the ‘zero sidepod’ concept

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McLaren technical boss James Key praises Mercedes for “coming up with that interpretation and having the courage to go with it”.

Mercedes has stunned everybody in the paddock when they introduces their revolutionary ‘zero sidepod’ concept on their 2022 car.

However, since then the team has faced numerous issues, most prominently the porpoising. This has prevented them from being able to fight with Ferrari and Red Bull at the top of the grid.

While the team is still evaluating their concept, McLaren’s James Key has praised them for their “courage”.

“Hats off to them for coming up with that interpretation and having the courage to go with it,” Key said on the Beyond the Grid podcast.


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“I think it’s great to see such diversity. One of the biggest concerns of before 2022 was ‘oh, every car will look the same’ – we heard that comment an awful lot.

“As it turns out, the sidepods were the biggest difference, I think, between cars and Mercedes really went to an extreme.

“I think we were all surprised, but it’s great to see a team having the courage – and then the innovation that’s gone into that – to have something that’s so different,” Key concluded.

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