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McLaren MP4-22
Lewis Hamilton 2007 USA 3.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor McLaren
Designer(s) Pat Fry (Chief Engineer)
Technical specifications
Chassis Moulded carbon fibre/aluminium honeycomb composite incorporating front and side impact structures
Suspension (front) Adjustable double wish-bone arrangement
Suspension (rear) Adjustable double wish-bone arrangement
Engine Mercedes-Benz FO 108T 2.4 litre V8 Naturally-aspirated mid-mounted
Transmission McLaren, 7 forward speeds + 1 reverse
Fuel Mobil
Tyres Bridgestone Potenza
Competition history
Notable entrants Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Notable drivers 1. Fernando Alonso
2. Lewis Hamilton
Debut 2007 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
17 8 8 5
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The McLaren MP4-22 was Vodafone McLaren-Mercedes' Formula One car for the 2007 Formula One season. It was revealed in testing at Circuit de Valencia in Spain on 15 January 2007.[1][2] In its first race, the 2007 Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne, the car achieved second and fourth in qualifying and second and third places in the race, in the hands of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton respectively.


2007 Season

In its design philosophy behind the new car, the team says the MP4-22 features "some advanced engineering concepts" and "novel aerodynamic solutions".[3]

On 17 January 2007, Fernando Alonso completed a shakedown test in the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia, setting the fastest lap time of 1:12.050.[4]

The MP4-22 has proved to be far more competitive than its similar looking predecessor and McLaren scored 8 victories, unlike in 2006. The car proved to be the most reliable car of the season, with no mechanical retirements in the first 15 races, and one of the two fastest cars on the field (along with the Ferraris). The low downforce package of the MP4-22 was extremely competitive. McLaren, with the aid of their improved car, scored as many team points in the first half of 2007 as they had done during the entire year in 2006.

At testing in Catalunya on 1 May 2007, Pedro de la Rosa tested the car with a new unique front wing design that would see extensive use throughout the remainder of the season. It featured a thin carbon fibre wing that spanned from the top of each end plate, bypassing the nosecone by arching over it.[5] This new wing subsequently made its racing debut at the Spanish Grand Prix. The wing was deemed surplus to requirements during the 2007 Italian Grand Prix due to the high speed/low drag characteristics required.

The McLaren race drivers completed 5,340 racing kilometres in the 2007 season, 45% of which were whilst leading a race.[6] The MP4-22 also completed 27,150 kilometres in testing; Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Pedro de la Rosa, Gary Paffett and Jamie Green completed 8,277 km, 7,714 km, 8,277 km, 2,842 km and 28 km respectively.[6]

The MP4-22 was succeeded by the McLaren MP4-23.

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
Fernando Alonso 2 1 5 3 1 7 2 7 2 1 4 3 1 3 Ret 2 3
Lewis Hamilton 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 3 3 9 1 5 2 4 1 Ret 7

* McLaren stripped of all WCC points due to the 2007 espionage controversy.

Notes and references

  1. ^ ITV-F1 article on testing - Alonso pleased with MP4-22 debut article
  2. ^ ITV-F1 article on testing - McLaren launches MP4-22 article
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "McLaren Valencia test notes 2007-01-17". 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2007-01-27. 
  5. ^ "McLaren MP4-22 - new front wing". 09 May 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  6. ^ a b Vodafone McLaren Mercedes (2007-10-21). "VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES 2007 SEASON IN NUMBERS". Press release. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 

External links

Preceded by
Renault R26
Racing Car Of The Year

Succeeded by
McLaren MP4-23


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