McLaren F1 Reveal When to Expect the First Major MCL36 Upgrade of 2022

Published 02/02/2022, 5:48 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 8, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Most of the Formula One team factories will be working in full swing over the next month, thanks to the regulation changes and the two back-to-back winter testing sessions in Barcelona and Bahrain. Furthermore, only days after the testing is the Bahrain Grand Prix. Hence, a rather cramped month awaits the racing outfits. But, McLaren have a working plan ready as they march into the game-changing 2022 season.

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Despite realizing that the next month could well decide their fate over the next four years, McLaren seem quite calm and composed, drafting out ways to take down their 2021 rivals, Ferrari. One of their plans is to bring in a major upgrade to the Bahrain GP.

What did the McLaren executive say?

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McLaren operations director Piers Thynne affirmed that both their cars would be receiving their first upgrade as early as the opening race weekend at Sakhir. Here’s a piece of even better news for all the Papaya fans! Thynne further admitted that more upgrades would follow as they headed into the season.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during qualifying REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

We know performance at race one is critical, and we’ll be delivering an upgrade package to that event. But, we expect much more to follow,” he said according to Crash. “One of the reasons we’re being lean on stock is that we know we want to evolve the car. There are no prizes for having six floors and six front wings at the first race.

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Different approaches to the 2022 season

McLaren will be lean on the stock in terms of floors, front wings, and other components and rather invest entirely in aerodynamic evolution.

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We’ll be taking some subtly different approaches this year to make sure production capacity is available and can respond to aerodynamic evolution. That will be key to success this year,” he said.

Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 11, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo during the sprint qualifying REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

We’re manufacturing fewer [spare] parts. That is a cultural shift, but it will allow greater flexibility to consider upgrades.”

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Overall, the British outfit are looking to save some room for the development of MCL36. And it does seem like a smart move, considering the budget cap in place. So, will the change in approach help McLaren pull out frequent upgrades this year? Well, that’s an answer only time can offer.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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