McLaren reveals its 10 improvements for the Spanish F1 GP


Under new procedures for the 2022 F1 season, teams must notify the FIA ​​of any major new components that will be used at each race weekend.

McLaren’s submissions before free practice opened revealed a series of changes that impact both aerodynamics and brake ducts, which caused him some headaches at the start of the season.

Here’s a look at the ten changes McLaren made to their MCL36 for the Barcelona weekend.

McLaren MCL36 nose and front wing detail

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1. Front wing flap: A new front wing flap that allows for a greater range of aerodynamic trim. This includes different Gurney flap options to meet aero balance requirements.

McLaren MCL36 front detail

McLaren MCL36 front detail

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2. Revised Front Suspension Matching: Modified to incorporate a revised front brake duct face and intake geometry.

McLaren MCL36 brake drum detail

McLaren MCL36 brake drum detail

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3. Front brake duct: new shape to improve aerodynamic efficiency and new internals to improve brake cooling efficiency.

4. Floor: Revised floor fencing and edges as part of the aero overhaul to help increase the overall downforce of the car.

5. Pontoons: New pontoons developed in conjunction with a new floor to help improve downforce.

6. Louvres. New louvers to work in conjunction with the pontoons and to prepare for the high ambient temperatures expected in Barcelona.

McLaren MCL36 rear detail

McLaren MCL36 rear detail

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7. Rear wing. New high downforce rear wing aimed at the demands of Barcelona and will also suit venues like Monaco.

McLaren MCL36 brake drum detail

McLaren MCL36 brake drum detail

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8. Rear brake line fin. A modification to the geometry of the lower fin of the rear brake duct, already used in racing, was intended to work better with the new floor.

9. Pontoon strake. One of the cockpit strakes has been removed to help improve driver visibility, especially when approaching the apexes of turns.

10. Diffuser. A new center diffuser design to help pack airflow around the center area.


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