We have been discussing the 2022 season and expectations in last year’s team thread… Let’s get the McLaren 2022 season discussion started.
With such a massive change in regulations, it’s hard to have a good idea of what to expect in 2022. Nevertheless I believe that there are several factors that could have a positive impact in 2022:
A) Team Stability: The Team hasn’t gone through meaningful changes going into 2022, therefore we could expect that the different functions will mesh well together, from design, production, track performance, drivers and of course leadership should be at a very high level this season.
B) The Drivers: Both Norris and Ricciardo are great drivers. Norris proved himself in 2021 and if he continues to develop in 2022 as he did for his first 3 seasons in Formula 1, he will be one to watch for this season. Daniel didn’t had the start that we wanted with the team last year, but his skill and experience isn’t under question, hopefully he will deliver what we know and expect from him this season.
C) The Car: Still a big unknown how good the car will be, but the people behind it’s design are more than capable, the MCL35M was an improvement over the MCL35 and James Key and his team did a very good job considering the limitations of not only the token system, but the fact that they couldn’t really change the concept from the previous year. With a blank canvas, he will have his chance to show what he can do when he has the resources at his disposal.
D) The Power Unit: The Mercedes PU has been a reference all through the hybrid era, the one that all measure themselves against. The Team now has had in the back of the car for a year and should be fairly familiar with it, allowing potential gains from that knowledge in terms of packaging and cooling. More critically, it is regarded as a very reliable unit, with the new regulations, the amount of laps that the teams put in during testing and the beginning of the season will be key for the development of the car.
E) The Leadership: Zak has done a fantastic job assembling a high performing team and more importantly to bring back needed sponsorship to the car and help stabilized the team from a financial perspective. On track, Andreas calm demeanor and experience with championship winning teams have also provided stability to the on track operations.
I’m excited about the 2022 season and can’t wait to see what the Team is creating for it… Who knows, they might be a challenger sooner than expected!