McLaren MP4-21

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McLaren MP4-21
McLaren MP4-21 - Donington Park.JPG
Category Formula One
Constructor McLaren
Designer(s) Adrian Newey
Chief Engineer: Tim Goss
Predecessor MP4-20
Successor MP4-22
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
Tyres Michelin
Competition history
Notable entrants Team McLaren Mercedes
Notable drivers 3. Finland Kimi Räikkönen
4. Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Spain Pedro de la Rosa
Debut 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
18 0 3 3
Teams' Championships 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

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 which is designed to maximize the visibility of the teams sponsors. The distinctive needle-nose design was previously used on the MP4-19 in 2004.

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 results[edit]

(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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