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The McLaren MP4-21 is a Formula One car designed by Adrian Newey for the 2006 Formula One season. The car continues the MP4-X naming system and is notable for its striking chrome livery with red stripes designed to maximize the visibility of the team's new primary sponsor Emirates. The distinctive needle-nose design was previously used on the MP4-19 in 2004. The MP4-21 was the first McLaren car to be powered by purely Mercedes-Benz engines after 10 years partnership with Ilmor.
Tim Goss (chief engineer)
|Technical specifications|
|Chassis||Moulded carbon fibre monocoque incorporating front and side impact structures|
|Suspension (front)||Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement|
|Suspension (rear)||As front|
|Engine||Mercedes-Benz FO108S, 2.4 litre V8 normally aspirated mid-mounted|
|Transmission||McLaren 7 forward + 1 reverse semi-automatic|
|Fuel||Mobil 1 unleaded|
|Notable entrants||Team McLaren Mercedes|
|Notable drivers||3. Kimi Räikkönen|
4. Juan Pablo Montoya
4. Pedro de la Rosa
|Debut||2006 Bahrain Grand Prix|
The car started the season in the hands of Kimi Räikkönen and Juan Pablo Montoya, but after a few races it soon became clear that it was not as competitive as its predecessor, the MP4-20, despite an apparent improvement in reliability. McLaren did not win a race all season, for the first time since 1996. Their best results were second-place finishes for Kimi Räikkönen in Australia and Italy, for Juan Pablo Montoya in Monaco, and for Pedro de la Rosa in Hungary.
The MP4-21 being driven by Kimi Räikkönen.
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)
|Juan Pablo Montoya||5||4||Ret||3||Ret||Ret||2||6||Ret||Ret|
|Pedro de la Rosa||7||Ret||2||5||Ret||5||11||8|