Comparison of McLaren 2021 versus 2020
McLaren makes the start and shows the new Formula 1 racing car. ABMS has all the information about the new McLaren-Mercedes MCL35M and the comparison to the previous year’s model.
McLaren reunited with Mercedes
The new McLaren MCL35M.
The switch from Renault to Mercedes engines makes major adjustments to the vehicle necessary. However: all mechanical components on the chassis must actually correspond to those of 2020. The teams may only pursue further development to the extent of two so-called tokens.
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The Mercedes drive is very compact, which is advantageous for the packaging. “This caught Lando Norris’ eye immediately:” The area in the rear is much more compact. You can see that. “In fact, a modified engine cover and a smaller and rounder airbox can be seen.
Changes to the sub-floor are also new. By triangular cuts in front of the rear axle, ten percent downforce is to be lost compared to 2020.
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New driver line-up
The pilots: Daniel Ricciardo (left) and Lando Norris.
Lando Norris remains in the team as driver, Daniel Ricciardo is new on board. He replaces Carlos Sainz, who is moving to Ferrari instead of Sebastian Vettel. “That means I have to take on more leadership in the team this year,” says Norris. Euphoric from the first launch of the year, McLaren boss Zak Brown sprinkles his driver duo in advance: “I think we have the best driver duo in Formula 1.”