Cape Town - McLaren could run a more extreme set-up on their cars in
Russia as they look to improve the straight-line speed of the MCL33.
The Woking team trialled several ideas at Monza as they went
with a more aggressive set-up choice before reverting to a conventional
approach in Singapore.
Fernando Alonso is hoping they are willing to gamble at the
next race when F1 heads to Sochi for the Russian GP.
He said: "Some of the ideas we tested in Monza where we
improved on the Saturday were more for drag reduction, so will be implemented.
"Hopefully Russia will be the first opportunity to
revisit those set-ups."
Sporting director Gil de Ferran says confirmed that McLaren
are likely to do just that.
"We are always trying to do the best we can to step
forward," he said.
"We are trying to bring a little bit of aero
development every race but that’s not the only thing. We’re now exploring
different spaces like Fernando said.
"In Monza we decided to take a completely different
direction and it worked out well for that type of track and maybe we will
explore a similar direction again in Russia. But the work hasn’t stopped.
"We are full-on on next year’s car but we come to every
weekend trying to do a little bit better, fight for points and improve our
position in the championship."