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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.

McLaren MP4-21
F1 car McLarenMercedes 2006.jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorMcLaren
Designer(s)Adrian Newey
Tim Goss (chief engineer)
PredecessorMP4-20
SuccessorMP4-22
Technical specifications[citation needed]
ChassisMoulded 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
EngineMercedes-Benz FO108S, 2.4 litre V8 normally aspirated mid-mounted
TransmissionMcLaren 7 forward + 1 reverse semi-automatic
FuelMobil 1 unleaded
TyresMichelin
Competition history
Notable entrantsTeam McLaren Mercedes
Notable drivers3. Finland Kimi Räikkönen
4. Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
4. Spain Pedro de la Rosa
Debut2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
18033
Teams' Championships0
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

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.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
2006 McLaren Mercedes-Benz V8 M BHR MAL AUS SMR EUR ESP MON GBR CAN USA FRA GER HUN TUR ITA CHN JPN BRA 110 3rd
Kimi Räikkönen 3 Ret 2 5 4 5 Ret 3 3 Ret 5 3 Ret Ret 2 Ret 5 5
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

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