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McLaren Racing team reveals their 2022 F1 challenger MCL36 at the crescendo of the McLaren Racing 2022 launch, alongside the team’s INDYCAR and Extreme E contenders, each sporting common livery colourways, galvanising the McLaren Racing family ahead of their respective campaigns.

HD Photos: McLaren launched MCL36 – F1 2022 Car

MCL36 retained the fan favourite Papaya lead the livery with bold Fluro Papaya is now featured on the MCL36 for the 2022 season, accented by New Blue.

Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo will take the MCL36 to the track at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, during the first of two pre-season tests ahead of the opening race of the season at the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix on 20 March.

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal, McLaren Formula 1 team, said: “After a couple of months away from racing, all of us at McLaren are excited to get back to the track and discover this new era of Formula 1 regulations head-on. Over the last year the team have been hard at work developing the MCL36, seeking to take advantage of any opportunities we might find in the design and production of these new cars. Formula 1 and the FIA have done an important job developing these new technical and sporting regulations, which, in combination with the cost cap, aim to create closer racing and a level-playing field for competition.

“Lando’s performance in 2021 was one of the standouts of the season, with four podium finishes and a pole-position. He came agonisingly close to his first race victory, and although we didn’t quite achieve that, he’s proven to the world that he can become a grand prix winner.

“After finding it harder to adapt to the MCL35M than he might have expected, Daniel rallied to a strong finish in the second half of the season and captured McLaren’s first win since 2012. Throughout the season we saw Daniel’s skill, resolve and trademark positive attitude despite difficult moments, and we head into the 2022 better prepared to tackle this new challenge.

“Together, Lando and Daniel comprise one of the most competitive driver line-ups in the sport. We can’t wait to see what they can do with the MCL36, into which every member of the team in Woking has poured enormous amounts of effort, passion and determination. We hope that our incredible fans will join us in cheering on Lando, Daniel and the MCL36 throughout the season and the support we feel around the world is truly inspiring for us.

“Our objective for this season is clear and consistent with that of previous years: we want to further close the gap to the front of the pack. At the same time, we know and respect the tough competition we’ll face and have a realistic view of where we are on our journey. We’re working through a package of key infrastructure investments, which will provide us with the tools required to compete at the top of our sport when they come online.

“Thank you to every single member of the team for their hard work and commitment to bring our new MCL36 to the track soon. Let’s go racing!”

James Key, Technical Director, McLaren Formula 1 team, said: “A new era of regulations is always an exciting moment in our sport. With it comes the potential to totally re-evaluate the philosophy of our package, and these rule changes are no different.

“With a blank sheet of paper, the team here at McLaren have been working hard to establish a competitive platform for this and future seasons. However, we know we’ve only just begun to unlock performance from this regulation set, and that one of the key features of the 2022 season will be the intense development war as teams assess each other’s designs and innovate new ways of generating downforce through ground-effect.

“It’s been some time since ground-effect had such a predominant role in Formula 1, but it provides a great potential to create closer and more exciting racing with these new regulations.”

“The team at Woking have been working round the clock to design, produce and assemble this car, under tricky conditions over the last year, as the world still battles the risks posed by covid-19. I’m immensely proud of how the team have risen to this challenge in a safe yet effective manner. Now we put the fruits of their labours onto the track and take the development battle to the rest of the grid.”

Lando Norris, #4, said:

“It feels like a long time since we were last on-track in Abu Dhabi, and I can’t wait to get back in a car and put the MCL36 through its paces. Last year was my best in Formula 1 so far, and I’m really proud of what I achieved as a driver, and what we achieved as a team. But I know that the best is yet to come, and my aim is to carry the positive momentum we built up over the last year and take that with me into this exciting new era of Formula 1.

“I’m in a good position heading into this year to build on the successes of 2021. I’ve grown up alongside McLaren and I’m really delighted to have recently confirmed my long-term future with the team. Together, I’m looking forward to finding out what we can achieve, and I’ll be working hard to maximise any opportunities that come our way.”

Daniel Ricciardo, #3, said:

“There’s always a nervous excitement around the start of the new season, but that’s turned up to 11 when you enter a new era of regulations. Having been through several regulation changes now, I feel like I’m able to use that energy to help me adapt to new cars, new ways of driving and ultimately new ways of racing. These new cars will feel very different to the previous eras I’ve driven, but I’m hopeful that will come with closer racing and more opportunities to get to the front of the pack.

“Heading into my second year with McLaren feels great and I feel like we learned a lot as a team in 2021, which will help us as we take on this new challenge. Securing the win in Monza was a real highlight of my career, but that’s all in the past now, and I’ll be giving it everything to secure more moments like that for the team throughout the 2022 season.”

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Mercedes reveals “unconventional” development of W13

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Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff is much pleased with recent successful development of W13, which was achieved in the Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying P1 and double podium finish behind the champion Max Verstappen.

Presently the competition between Red Bull, Ferrari, and Mercedes. But the Mercedes is the only team consistently maintaining the consistency. Wolff recently revealed that the “unconventional” methods taken to accelerate the development of the Mercedes W13 this season.

“In this season, we have done unconventional things and I remember having a chat with a very clever lady in aerodynamics and she said, ‘If you would have told me last year we would be putting a floor on the car we haven’t run in the wind tunnel I would have said we are never going to do this’,” said Wolff.

“We did and everybody was proud of the results. [It’s] the same thing every weekend, we try things.”

“This is a database source but if you can’t rely on the data, because they don’t correlate from the virtual world, from the tunnel, CFD and simulations with what is happening in real-time on the track, you have just got to try things and find correlation… basically reverse engineer correlation. Wolff added

“This is what we did and had positive results.”

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Toto playing that mental game – Rosberg

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Former F1 world champion and Former Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has rejected Toto Wolff’s claims to Lewis Hamilton that the Mercedes car is ‘undriveable’, pointing to George Russell’s remarkable performance, because different story for Hamilton’s teammate Russell, who managed to climb from 11th to fourth.

Hamilton finished outside the points for the first time this season at the Emilia Romagna GP. The Brit was made only 14th position in the qualifying and unable to lift his race position, he struggled too much behind the midfield field drivers.

“Lewis, sorry for what you needed to drive today. I know this is undriveable and not what we deserved to score as a result. We will move on from there, but this was a terrible race,” Wolff said on team radio after the chequered flag.

Hamilton replied: “No worries, Toto. Let’s keep working hard,” to which the Mercedes chief added: “We will.”

Rosberg has highlighted Russell’s performance, having climbed from 12th on the grid to finish 4th. “Toto is playing that mental game, which is very smart from him, taking the blame themselves and really trying to support Lewis mentally, lifting him up and saying ‘Lewis, it’s really on us’. Rosberg said.

“That’s very smart because it’s not quite the truth. Remember, Russell is fourth with the same car, so Lewis definitely had a big role to play in that poor weekend. Russell still managed to get fourth out of it, so there was more in that car. The Germen added.

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Wolff apologizes to Hamilton for ‘undrivable’ Mercedes

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Lewis Hamilton 2022 F1 Imola GP

Reigning constructors F1 champion Mercedes’ team principal Toto Wolff apologizes for a “terrible race” and an “undrivable” car as Lewis Hamilton finishes P14 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Hamilton start race from 14th position on the grid for Imola race, he was unable to lift the position and unlucky pit-stop incidents also demote him better position in the Sunday race. The Brit encountering a disappointing afternoon and finding himself at the back of a DRS line, unable to make the move on those ahead of them.

“Lewis, sorry for what you needed to drive today. I know this is undriveable and not what we deserved to score as a result. We will move on from there but this was a terrible race,” Wolff said on team radio after the chequered flag.

Hamilton replied: “No worries Toto. Let’s keep working hard,” to which the Mercedes chief added: “We will.”

Totally different story for Hamilton’s teammate George Russell, who managed to climb from 11th to fourth. Hamilton started 14th before finding himself stuck in the lower midfield and unable to find a way out.

When the media asked if pitting earlier could have helped, a dejected Hamilton wonder about: “I really don’t know to be honest. I don’t think it would have made much of a difference. A weekend to forget, that’s for sure.”

“I am out of the championship, for sure, there’s no question about that, but I will still keep working as hard as I can and try and somehow put it back together.” Hamilton added

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SAUDI GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

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