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McLaren Launch Their 2022 Cars

McLaren Racing officially launched their 2022 cars for the respective seasons in Formula 1, the NTT IndyCar Series, Extreme E and eSports.

Speaking about the launch of the Formula 1, IndyCar and Extreme E machines, McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said:

I’m delighted to see us launch all three McLaren Racing programmes across the Formula 1, IndyCar and Extreme E championships today. This is a first for us as a team, and in the wider world of motorsport, and it’s been fantastic to see how excited the fans have been as they get ready to join us on the next part of our journey.

“Our Formula 1 team continues to make great progress year-on-year with Andreas Seidl at the helm, and this new era of regulations represents a real opportunity for the team. I’m excited to see Lando and Daniel get behind the wheel of the MCL36 and take it to the competition this year. Lando made great progress in 2021, scoring four podiums, and Daniel’s sensational victory in Monza reminded the team what it feels like to win again. As we head into 2022, we’re looking to build on that progress and further close the gap to the teams at the front.

“In the US, Arrow McLaren SP enters the 2022 INDYCAR season with great momentum after a close championship battle in 2021. Pato has grown tremendously over the past two seasons, securing two wins and staying in the title fight right until the final race. Felix is an incredible talent who joins us again to show his true potential in the No.7 car.

“We’re thrilled to be launching our Extreme E team and livery ahead of the first race in just under a week, with Emma and Tanner getting behind the wheel of the No.58 McLaren car. It’s fantastic to be joining this innovative and exciting new series, which will help accelerate our own sustainability mission. All of us at McLaren can’t wait to see what Emma and Tanner can do out in the desert at our inaugural X Prix.

“Commercially, we head into the 2022 season as strong as ever with an expanded portfolio of valued partners, each crucial in driving our ambitions as a team forward, and without whom we simply wouldn’t be able to go racing. Together we’re working closely, not only to unlock on-track performance, but also to innovate and develop new ways of addressing sustainability challenges in broader society.

“Being voted the fans’ favourite F1 team last year by some margin and being ranked a close second in the same survey in IndyCar after just two years, is not just hugely rewarding but more importantly reminds us that our fans are at the centre of everything we do. We never take them for granted.

“Launching each of our competitors together this evening is an extremely proud moment for our team, a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to prepare for today, and now all that’s left to do is hit the track and start racing.

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We Achieved Our Main Aim This Season Getting Comfortable With Mercedes Power

McLaren Racing F1 Team Principal Andreas Seidl says that the Woking-based outfit achieved their main objective for the 2021 Formula One season in that they got comfortable with their new relationship with Mercedes as their engine supplier.

Speaking to Paddock Eye during his post Abu Dhabi race debrief, Seidl said that they are happy with how things played out with Mercedes this season given that they will have a brand new car for the 2022 Formula One season.

Seidl said that obviously the biggest highlight of the season was bringing home the 1-2 finish at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza and that they aim to build on this consistency going forward but he was also happy that the team were regularly taking the fight to Mercedes and Red Bull.

Seidl also said that the team are excited to welcome Pato O’Ward to the team from the NTT IndyCar Series side of things as it will be interesting to see how he gets on in his test for the team in Abu Dhabi next week.

Speaking following the action Lando Norris who finished seventh said:

“I thought from my side it was a decent race. I lost out a little bit at the start – I maybe just didn’t do the best job or place the car exactly where I should’ve done. After that, the race was going very well, I was keeping up with the Ferrari, the pace was pretty strong and then we had a slow puncture, which just took us out of the race and I lost a lot of points and a lot of positions because of that. Just more unlucky times! But the team did a good job today. I feel like I drove a solid race and it was just unfortunate again. There’s nothing we could’ve done, but I think we should still be happy with the way we ended the season. We weren’t quite quick enough at times, but that’s not down to a lack of effort.

“Thanks to the whole team for all their hard work. They’ve been amazing all season. We still have a couple of days of testing to go before the break, but soon it’ll be time for a well-deserved break and a reset before next year.”

Daniel Ricciardo commented after finishing 12th saying:

We made a position on the first lap, which put us in the fight with the Alpines. I felt like I had a bit more pace than them, but it was honestly just really tricky to overtake. We tried to stick it out but with the Virtual Safety Car we lost positions. I think in clear air I would’ve had a bit more pace to show, but it was just tricky with track position. That’s what happens when you qualify a little too far back. Something I want to improve next year is the performance on Saturdays, and I think that’ll make the Sundays a bit easier.“Thanks to the team for their hard work this year. We’ve had some fantastic moments, Monza being the highlight, and I can’t wait to build on the progress we’ve made in 2021. Before that, I’m looking forward to heading home, recharging the batteries a bit and getting ready to come back fighting next year.”

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal of McLaren Racing said:

We end a positive season with a tricky and dramatic race. Lando did well to bring the car home in the points after plenty of disruption towards the end of the race. Unfortunately, for Daniel, the timing of the Safety Car limited his opportunity to fight with the Alpines. We thank Lando and Daniel for their hard work this year. They’ve helped us score the most points since 2012, secured five podiums, and achieved our first win in nine years.

“I’d also like to thank several groups of people for their commitment and dedication after this long season. Our race team, who spend their weekends away and sacrifice special moments with loved ones in service to the team, chasing performance at every opportunity, and our team back in Woking for their dedication and support around the clock to put us in the best possible position to perform on track. We’re also lucky to have two fantastic simulator and development drivers in Oliver Turvey and Will Stevens. With so many new circuits this year, their work has been even more important.

“To our fans, whose support we feel all around the world, and are the reason we do what we do: we thank you for your continued passion and friendship and we hope you’ve enjoyed following our journey this year. To our sponsors, without whom we simply wouldn’t be able to go racing: we value our partnerships and look forward to enjoying more success with you in the near future.

“To F1 and the FIA, who have worked exceptionally hard to deliver this season under tricky circumstances: that work has been rewarded with one of the most exciting seasons in memory. At the same time, we thank the outgoing FIA President Jean Todt for his service to our sport and wish his successor well.

“Coming into the 2021 season, one of the biggest changes for our team was the change of engine supplier. With the help of Mercedes HPP, we’ve been able to successfully implement this new power unit into our car, helping us deliver our first win since 2012. We also thank Pirelli for their hard work and collaboration, all while developing brand new 18-inch tyres for the new regulations next year.

“Finally, it’s been an incredibly exciting year of Formula 1, and as a team we’re proud of the progress we’re making and the journey we’re on. We’re ready to take on the new regulations in 2022 as we embark on this new era of Formula 1.”

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McLaren Reveal A Special Livery For Abu Dhabi Season-Finale

The McLaren Racing Formula One Team revealed that they will have a special livery for this weekend’s 2021 Formula One season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in association with their sponsor Vuse, with the artwork completed by UAE artist Rabab Tantawy.

Speaking about the news, Chief Marketing Officer of McLaren Racing Claire Cronin commented saying:

We are excited to bring the art and motorsport worlds together in a ground-breaking way, by sporting Rabab Tantawy’s artwork on our race cars at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Together with Vuse, Driven by Change is a unique opportunity to use our global stage to support rising talent, giving undiscovered creatives the platform they deserve.

“Rabab’s art is inspiring, and we are proud to take her papaya-influenced creation racing this weekend.

Group Head of Brand Building with BAT, John Beasley said:

We have bold ambitions to shift the paradigm with our partnership with McLaren Racing by providing support and opportunities for talent as we further champion the diversity of people and skills in the creative world. Rabab has been an incredible talent to work with for the launch of the programme, with her passion for diversity and togetherness, and artistic skill set to transform the track in Abu Dhabi. We look forward to working with Rabab further as she helps us continue to influence change in not only motorsport, but the creative industry as a whole

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We Couldn’t Maximize Our Pace Today

McLaren Racing F1 Team Principal Andreas Seidl says that the team was unable to maximize the pace they showed during practice on Saturday in qualifying for Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix as Lando Norris will start the race in seventh while Daniel Ricciardo starts the race in 11th.

“P7 and P11 in today’s qualifying. We had a quick car today, but unfortunately couldn’t maximise the outcome of quali. Daniel took some heavy floor damage when running over a kerb in Q2, which didn’t allow him to progress to Q3. Lando was unlucky with yellow flags in Q2, which then made us switch to the Soft tyres for the second run in order to ensure we progressed to Q3. This unfortunately meant he only had one set of new Softs for Q3, which compromised the outcome for him. We should have a competitive car tomorrow in the race, let’s make up some positions.”

Lando Norris commented following the session saying:

“I’m disappointed with the end of qualifying really. Happy we’re still P7, because it could’ve been worse today. I got a bit unlucky throughout qualifying with yellow flags, but even so I could’ve been one or two positions higher as I didn’t do the best lap when I needed to, so I’m a bit frustrated. I have a small advantage at the start with the Soft tyre, so I need to make the most of that, but for the rest of the race it’s going to make it a lot trickier. I’m still in a decent position to score some points tomorrow, so we’ll see what we can do.”

Daniel Ricciardo commented on his run saying:

“We had a quick car, but I just picked up some damage on the last run and lost a lot of time. I damaged the floor on a kerb and it was dragging on the straight. I saw the lap-time dropping away. It’s a shame, because we were a lot quicker than P11 today. I’ve used that kerb a lot already, but that time I picked up a bit of damage. We made a good set-up change for quali so I was comfortable and had pace, we just got unlucky.”

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We Will See How The Track Develops Over The Weekend

McLaren Racing Formula One Team Principal Andreas Seidl says the team will see how the Jeddah track develops over the course of this weekend’s inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Speaking to Paddock Eye during his pre-event media briefing on Friday ahead of practice, Seidl said that the organizers have worked extremely hard over the past few days to ensure that the circuit is ready for the action and he said that the team will see how they get on during today’s action.

The circuit is 27 corners long, making it the longest on the Grand Prix calendar and Seidl confirmed to us that he believes that the conditions on track could change given the circuit’s proximity to the sea.

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McLaren End Their 900th Grand Prix With Two Points

The McLaren Racing Formula One Team celebrated their 900th Grand Prix with a ninth place finish for Lando Norris.

The Englishman, who started the race from fourth place on the grid and came home in ninth place while Daniel Ricciardo was 12th.

The team remain in fourth place in the Constructors championship however, Andreas Seidl told Paddock Eye during his post race debrief that the team are competitive as our their drivers and it’s on to Saudi Arabia.

The team has also been disappointed having come away with just four points from the last three races.

Seidl is hopeful that the Saudi Arabia race track will suit their car and help them to close the gap to Ferrari.

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown tweeted:

Speaking about his race, Lando Norris said: