Season recap: McLaren Racing – all Formula 1 news 2022

McLaren finished the season in fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship, losing to Ferrari at the end of the championship …

Grand Prix Place Glasses Best start Best finish
L. Norris 22 6 160 1 2
D. Riccardo 22 8 115 2 1
Grand Prix Place Glasses Best start Best finish
2021 22 4 275 1 1
2020 17 3 202 3 2
2019 21 4 145 5 3
2018 21 6 62 7 5
2017 20 9 30 6 6

Third place in 2020 was partly due to the fact that Ferrari dropped out of the top three. Then the best in the McLaren lineup was Carlos Sainz, who this year moved to Scuderia and again ahead of his already former team-mate Lando Norris.

Daniel Riccardo, who replaced him, did not immediately join the struggle and although he won the race, having won the first victory since Brazil’12, he lost to both Ferrari drivers at the end of the season.

Everyone expected more. The team switched from Renault engines to Mercedes power plants, coped with financial problems, was able to get Riccardo, whose candidacy Zach Brown defended for several years.

McLaren was the only team that had to undergo chassis homologation again. All other teams in 2021 used the 2020 chassis, and McLaren did not have this opportunity due to the transition to Mercedes power plants. Interestingly, due to coronavirus restrictions, the homologation took place online – the FIA ​​representatives could not physically be present at the crash tests, observing the picture from the cameras installed by McLaren on the monitors.

It seemed like all the variables for McLaren had finally matched. Yes, Riccardo at the beginning of the season was inferior to his partner, but gradually he added, getting used to driving an uncomfortable car for himself. The Australian finished behind Lando Norris, but both drivers were consistently earning points.

Everything went well at first. The first half of the season ended at Silverstone, after the home stage McLaren took the desired third place in the Constructors’ Cup, 15 points ahead of Ferrari, and it was not clear how Scuderia could recoup. But the second half of the season brought McLaren only 112 points, and Ferrari – 175.5, which determined their final position.

The stage in Monza brought Mclaren the winning double, the best lap and one point in the sprint - just 45 points per stage

The best of the season for McLaren was the race after the summer break. The Monza stage brought a winning double, a point for the best lap plus one point in the sprint – 45 points per stage at once – no other team achieved such a result in 2021.

Norris and Riccardo qualified fourth and fifth, in the sprint they played one position – and one more due to the Bottas penalty for replacing the power plant. In the race they started second and third – only Max was ahead.

At the start, Riccardo took the lead, Hamilton beat Norris and attacked Verstappen, but Max pushed him off the track, so Norris regained the position. Verstappen put pressure on Riccardo, Hamilton – Norris, but the McLaren drivers were not wrong, and the difference in speed was not enough to attack. Overtaking McLaren cars in 2021 was very difficult.

Then Hamilton and Verstappen collided, Max’s car jumped on the curb and fell on top of Lewis’s Mercedes – and they both dropped out of the fight.

The McLaren drivers were in the lead, the team asked them to refrain from fighting among themselves, so as not to miss such an incredible result – and the winning double was won.

After that, it seemed that the team would definitely not give up the third place in the Constructors’ Cup – after a series of three unsuccessful races in a row, it achieved an incredible result and was again ahead of Ferrari by almost 15 points. But then it all went wrong.

Daniel Riccardo's pit stop

At the stages in Sochi and Istanbul, Ferrari updated the hybrid part of the power plant, gaining a decisive advantage in the fight against McLaren – now both Scuderia riders consistently earned points, and McLaren remained to fight for places at the end of the top ten. In Mexico City, Ferrari regained its third place in the constructors’ championship and did not concede it again.

Andreas Seidl, team leader: “We have absolutely nothing to regret. When I look at the performance achieved this season, I can justify almost everything, with the exception of one – our position in the constructors’ championship, but it can only be explained by the fact that Ferrari is again very strong. However, it is quite expected that such a team will be able to recoup after the failures of last season. I am quite happy with what we have achieved this year.

It was important for McLaren to take the next step in terms of increasing the speed of the car, the efficiency of the interaction of the team’s divisions. Our race performance has become more stable. Lando Norris has taken a huge step forward this year, Daniel Riccardo showed good results in the second half of the season and now feels at home in McLaren. All of this is encouraging ahead of next season.

We are lagging behind in a number of positions, in particular, the new wind tunnel has not yet been completed, and a number of other infrastructure projects have not been completed. When all of them are completed, then we will have the opportunity to deal more with the team. For example, the wind tunnel will not be ready until the end of next year, which means that the first car to be developed with it is the 2024 chassis.

We must accept the reality in which we are, but we are still ambitious people and want to achieve the implementation of our plans as quickly as possible. But you have to be patient. We know we can make improvements in all areas, but all of this takes time. “

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