McLaren: Red Bull Racing and Ferrari / Formula 1 surprise

McLaren technical director James Key was impressed with the work executed by Red Bull Racing and Ferrari: “They have actually executed an amazing job with the brand new laws and the transfer to the winged automobiles for 2022.”


Traditional English racing crew McLaren completed fourth within the 2021 Constructors’ Cup, not far behind Ferrari. 2022 is not trying so good – with six races to go within the season, McLaren are 18 factors behind Alpine in fifth place.

McLaren had secretly hoped that Formula 1 might additional shut the hole between the highest groups by introducing winged automobiles on low-profile wheels in 2022. But McLaren discovered it tougher than anticipated.

McLaren technical director James Kay admits: Red Bull Racing and Ferrari have executed an amazing job with their automobiles. The 50-year-old Englishman mentioned: “I’m amazed that Ferrari and Red Bull Racing have managed to seek out extra expertise than anybody else. More importantly, the pitch was nearer at the beginning of the season than it’s right now. Now issues are completely different and Ferrari and Red Bull Racing have grown considerably. It speaks to their growth.”

“For me, this reveals: Even inside the limits of prices, the infrastructure of a superior crew is justified by loads of know-how from a methodological viewpoint. The groups are all working inside the similar price range, however the start line is completely different.”

What stunned James Kay: “In principle, the brand new automobiles ought to be two seconds slower per lap than the mature automobiles in 2021. But it did not occur. Instead, the tempo is extra like final yr’s figures. I feel it completely displays the excessive degree of labor in Formula 1.”

Italian Grand Prix, Autodromo Nazionale Monza

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:20:27.511 h.
02. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +2.446s
03. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, +3,405
04. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +5,061
05. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +5,380
06. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +6,091
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +6,207
08. Pierre Gasly (F), AlfaTauri, +6,396
09. Nick de Vries (NL), Williams, +7,122
10. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +7,910
11. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +8.323
12. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +8.549
13. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +1 lap
14. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +1 Rde
15. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +1 lap
16. Kevin Magnussen (PC), Haas, +1 lap
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia), McLaren, engine failure
Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, Energy Recovery
Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, lack of water, engine overheating
Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, power restoration

Championship standing (after 16 out of twenty-two races)

01. Verstappen 335 factors
02. Leclerc 219
03. Perez 210
04. Russell 203
05. Sainz 187
06. Hamilton 168
07. Norris 88
08. Okon 66
09. Alonso 59
10. Botta is 46 years previous
11. Gasly 22
12. Magnussen 22
13. Hag 20
14. Ricardo 19
15. Schumacher 12
16. Tsunoda 11
17. Zhou 6
18. Walk 5
19. Album 4
20. De Vries 2
21. Latifi 0
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Constructor’s Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 545 factors
02. Ferrari 406
03. Mercedes 371
04. Alpine 125
05. McLaren 107
06. Alfa Romeo 52
07. Haas 34
08. AlphaTauri 33
09. Aston Martin 25
10. Williams6


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