McLaren's growth at Silverstone 

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At Silverstone, McLaren surprised the paddock by qualifying second and third behind points leader Max Verstappen's dominating Red Bull. And while Fernando Alonso is only ninth, with a podium finish in sight for early 2023, he says it's best not to read too much into his recent slump. "That doesn't mean we haven't noticed a lack of performance compared to the first five races," said the Spaniard. “It's obvious and we can all see it.”

“But we are working on it. A World Championship is not a single race. We focus on the long term. ” In fact, McLaren struggled at the start of 2023, but has gradually added a high-profile update to Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who was seventh in Sunday's race. When asked about McLaren's pace, the seven-time world champion said he was "not surprised". "You can see the result when you look at the car. "If you put this car side by side with the Red Bull, I think it's very similar from the side. This is not a blow to us, just a wake-up call. ” Asked about Hamilton's comments, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said the similarities between McLaren's appearance and Red Bull were "only half the truth". "I think Lewis was referring to the fact that he thinks it's a good direction," he added. "But that's easier said than done.  I think we all had similar parts in the wind tunnel as Red Bull, but they didn't work as well as we would have liked," Wolff said. “Still, another team just found a second-place finisher, so we'll have to take a close look at everything again. But hats off to them.” Ferrari's Carlos Sainz called McLaren's recent progress "great" after fifth qualifying at Silverstone. Red Bull official Dr. Helmut Marko agreed, telling Kronen Zeitung, “We didn't expect McLaren to be so close to us.”

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“I even considered not going out anymore to save the tires for the race. Luckily, it didn't. “On the other hand, it was nice and reassuring not to have Hamilton by my side, because I can't think of any good memories in that regard.” Team ambassador Pedro de la Rosa has confirmed that Aston Martin's steady decline in recent races has something to do with the teams' development plans. "I can no longer change the plans I made for the second half of the season," he told DAZN. "At the end of the day, the wind tunnel time is real, and in our case it's also a warning." "And going forward, we assume that planned improvements will arrive weeks or months later than wind tunnel testing," de la Rosa added. “But the wind tunnel is already dedicated to the 2024 cars. But I think it will affect all the teams, not just us. Every team will be thinking about next season in July.” As for 2023, de la Rosa warned “Improvements will come gradually, but they can also gradually dry up. So what you see in this summer's photos will be the same until the end of the season." 

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