McLaren does not prepare a revolution, but an important evolution between its 2019 and 2020 models. The beloved MCL34, protagonist of the rebirth of the team, will give way to the new MCL35, developed during the last months in Woking under the guidelines of the James team Key and Andrea Stella, and the indications of Carlos Sainz. You should approach the British firm to the three head cars around half a second and move them away from Renault. To achieve this, engineers have proposed an announced change of concept in their design that although it is not groundbreaking, it is ambitious.
According to the sources of AS that have closely followed this process, the main differences will be in the rear of the car, as it will be somewhat narrower than that of its predecessor. On the front you will not appreciate so many changes, the front wing is similar to the past because it is the drawing that has ended up imposing itself on the rest of the grid, a Ferrari-style nose that inspires even Mercedes. But the back half, they say, has become narrower and more stylized.
In the wind tunnel, this MCL35 yields optimistic results: it generates more aerodynamic load and drag, or air resistance, does not increase. These two concepts are fundamental to understand the forces acting on an F1: if you have a greater support in a curve, your speed may be greater. And if this support has been achieved without increasing its air resistance, its straight speed will not be diminished either. However, if something prevails in the factory is prudence: no car has won races before being unpacked. Now there are details to be polished before the presentation of February 13 and its first start-up, on 19 in the preseason of Montmeló. And this year it is essential that the package works from the first major prizes, because it will not be compatible with the rules of 2021 and it will be difficult, or impossible, to justify important developments from the summer.
Last year, McLaren finished fourth in the constructors' championship with 145 points for the 91 of Renault, its engine manufacturer and main competitor, and climbed to the podium in Brazil with Sainz to break a run without uninterrupted champagne from Australia 2014, the first race of the hybrid era and still with Mercedes engine under the fairing.
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