Team: James Key (TD), Andreas Seidl (TP), Andrea Stella (RD), Peter Prodromou (CTO), Tony Salter (HA), Richard Frith (HVP), Stephen Watt (HEL), Marianne Hinson (Aero Dept. Manager), Christian Schramm (HRT), Hiroshi Imai (CRE), Mark Ingham (Head of Design), Kari Lammenranta (CM), Piers Thynne (Production Director), Paul James (TM), Simon Roberts (COO), Neil Oatley (Director of Design & Development), Zak Brown (CEO) Drivers: Carlos Sainz (55), Lando Norris (4) Team name: McLaren Racing
With a more outboard-loaded front wing, the new car appears to be pursuing a more aggressive philosophy. This type of wing and the flow it implies aft tends to give greater peak downforce but is trickier to manage. But both Red Bull – and especially Mercedes – last year showed it was possible to get adequate control so as to access the greater downforce potential.
The side crash structure moves up a bit, that reduces the inlet size overproportional. Ferrari and Red Bull have a lot of air over the intake, while McLaren still uses the undercut very much. Also noticed, everyone go for more parallel (to the ground) front wishbone.
yet an interesting evolution, especially regarding the nosecone.
"Explain the ending to F1 in football terms"
"Hamilton was beating Verstappen 7-0, then the ref decided F%$& rules, next goal wins
while also sending off 4 Hamilton players to make it more interesting"
they have improved the packaging a lot. Seems like they chose a similar arrangement for the aera behind the sidepods as RBR for this year. Great minds think alike? RBR goes McLaren nose, McLaren goes RBR thumbtip nose.
Even though is of course an evolution over the MCL34, I believe it has enough changes to be considered a new concept for Mclaren.
The new nose manages airflow differently than it did in previous cars and that’s key to how the air gets to center part of the bargeboards... The Sidepods are a big change, not in terms of size, but also how they are shape to promote air towards the coke region which in itself is tighter than previous year.
The only area that doesn’t seem to be massively different at this point is the bargeboard area, but we probably haven’t seeing the finish product and they may be saving that for testing.
It does look (to me) as a very different car than the MCL34