The McLaren MP4-21 was the Formula One car driven by Kimi Räikkönen, Juan Pablo Montoya and Pedro de la Rosa, during the 2006 Formula One season. The MP4-21 was driven in all 18 races of the 2006 season, scoring nine podiums, and scoring points in all bar the 2006 United States Grand Prix.

The MP4-21 was launched with an orange colour in testing, which McLaren also previously did in 1997. The actual livery was later revealed in chrome silver and red.

After McLaren finished 2nd in the previous season in 2005, they could not repeat their success this year, despite the reliability being improved. McLaren could not win any race for the first time in twenty years [since 1996], with their only highest result becoming four second places in Australia, Monaco, Hungary and Italy.

At the end of the season, Räikkönen moved to Ferrari, and Montoya moved to NASCAR, while de la Rosa stayed in the team as a test driver. It was succeeded by the McLaren MP4-22 in 2007.

Team[edit | edit source]

Position Name
Team Principal Ron Dennis
Chief Executive Officer Martin Whitmarsh
Managing Director Jonathan Neale
Engineering Director Paddy Lowe
Engineering Director

Adrian Newey

Design and Development Director Neil Oatley
Vice-President of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Norbert Haug
Director of Operations for Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Ola Kallenius
Director of Engines for Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Mario Illien
Operations Manager Simon Roberts
Team Manager Dave Ryan
Chief Engineer Tim Goss
Chief Engineer Pat Fry
Chief Designer Mike Coughlan
Head of Aerodynamics Peter Prodromou
Head of Vehicle Engineering Mark Williams
Chief Mechanic Peter Vale
Number 2 Mechanic Marc Priestley
Chief Race Engineer Steve Hallam
Spokesperson Wolfgang Schattling
Spokesperson Ellen Kolby
Race Engineer to Kimi Räikkönen Mark Slade
Race Engineer to Juan Pablo Montoya Phil Prew
Driver Kimi Räikkönen
Driver Juan Pablo Montoya
Test Drivers Pedro de la Rosa
Test Drivers Alexander Wurz


Development timeline[edit | edit source]

Source: [1]

  • August 2004: First engine design meeting.
  • October 2004: First engine specification issue.
  • April 2005: McLaren starts working on the layout of the MP4-21.
  • Mid-April 2005: Simulation of the gearbox.
  • May 2005: First issue of the car specification and scheming of gearbox.
  • June 2005: First dyno test for the V8 engine.
  • July 2005: Windtunnel work commences and first drawing for gearbox.
  • August 2005: Datum sheet issue, final dimensions.
  • September 2005: McLaren begins the first track test for the new V8 engine and begins producing the new gearbox.
  • October 2005: McLaren begins manufacturing the chassis.
  • November 2005: The mock-up of the MP4-21 chassis is ready.
  • December 2005: The final engine mock-up is ready, and the first chassis is ready for bonding. The first chassis is tested by FIA, and McLaren starts building their 2006 car.
  • January 2006: McLaren finishes building their MP4-21.
  • January 23, 2006: The MP4-21 gets its first track test.

Complete Formula One Results[edit | edit source]

Complete Formula One Results
Year Driver Tyre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
2006 Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of Australia.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of China.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of Brazil.svg
Finland Räikkönen M 3rd Ret 2nd 5th 4th 5th Ret 3rd 3rd Ret 5th 3rd Ret Ret 2nd Ret 5th 5th
Colombia Montoya 5th 4th Ret 3rd Ret Ret 2nd 6th Ret Ret
Spain de la Rosa 7th Ret 2nd 5th Ret 5th 11th 8th

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 'McLaren Mercedes MP4-21 - F1technical.net', http://www.f1technical.net/f1db/cars/909/mclaren-mercedes-mp4-21
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