McLaren MP4/10

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McLaren MP4/10
McLaren MP4/10B
McLaren MP4/10C
McLaren MP4-10 Hakkinen Nurburgring Motorsport Museum.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor McLaren
Designer(s) Neil Oatley
Predecessor MP4/9
Successor MP4/11
Technical specifications[1][2][3]
Chassis Carbon fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) Unequal length wishbones, pushrod, inboard spring/damper
Suspension (rear) Unequal length wishbones, pushrod, inboard spring/damper
Engine Mercedes-Benz FO110, 2,999 cc (183.0 cu in), 75° V10, NA, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission McLaren transverse 6-Speed semi-automatic
Fuel Mobil
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Marlboro McLaren Mercedes
Notable drivers 7. United Kingdom Mark Blundell
7. United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
8. Finland Mika Häkkinen
8. Denmark Jan Magnussen
Debut 1995 Brazilian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
16 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The McLaren MP4/10 was the car with which the McLaren team competed in the 1995 Formula One season. It was driven mainly by Mark Blundell, who started the year without a drive, and Mika Häkkinen, who was in his second full season with the team. The car was also driven by 1992 champion Nigel Mansell and Jan Magnussen.

Mark Blundell driving the MP4/10B at the 1995 British Grand Prix.

1995 was a season of great expectation for the team. The disappointing 1994 alliance with Peugeot had been annulled, and Mercedes-Benz switched to the team from Sauber. In addition, Mansell had been tempted out of "retirement" to partner the young Finn Häkkinen. The MP4/10 was a radical car, incorporating a "needle-nose" and a wing mounted atop the airbox, among other innovations.

However, it became apparent that Nigel Mansell was unable to fit properly in the narrow cockpit, and he was forced to miss the first two races of the season whilst a wider monocoque was built McLaren MP4/10C. His racing return lasted just two further Grands Prix before he left altogether, disgusted with the car's poor performance. Blundell, who had deputised in Brazil and Argentina, became a permanent race driver.

The car's main handling problem was a lack of front-end grip, allied to the often unreliable engine. However, the package proved competitive enough for the team to usually be "best of the rest", behind Benetton, Williams and Ferrari, and Häkkinen was able to score two podium finishes. Team-mate Blundell also took several points finishes.

McLaren MP4/10B, driven only twice by Nigel Mansell, with widened cockpit on display at The Donington Collection .

The McLaren MP4/10B update made its début at Imola and was retained for most of the season. A further modification, the MP4/10C, appeared at the Portuguese and European Grands Prix, but was not used further.

McLaren endured a mixed end to the season. Häkkinen missed the Pacific GP with a case of appendicitis and was replaced by the rookie Magnussen, but then returned to finish a fine second at Suzuka. This was tempered by the fact that Blundell wrote off a chassis in practice, but this setback paled in comparison to Häkkinen's accident at the final race of the season, at Adelaide. A sudden puncture saw his car fly out of control and hit a concrete wall at high speed. Mika was pulled out of his car unconscious with blood pouring from his mouth and nose. However, he made a full recovery for the first grand prix of the next year, which was also in Australia.

The team eventually finished fourth in the Constructors' Championship, with 30 points.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts. WCC
1995 Marlboro McLaren Mercedes-Benz FO110
V10
G BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR EUR PAC JPN AUS 30 4th
Mark Blundell 6 Ret 5 Ret 11 5 Ret Ret 5 4 9 Ret 9 7 4
Nigel Mansell 10 Ret
Mika Häkkinen 4 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 8 Inj 2 DNS
Jan Magnussen 10

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