Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren F1, says he feels bullish on the reliability of the 2022 Mercedes F1 power unit.
Last year, McLaren teamed up with Mercedes F1 for a solid season, with Daniel Ricciardo winning the F1 Italian Grand Prix and Lando Norris finishing second and 1-2 for the first time in 11 years.
Still, the Mercedes F1’s power unit was unreliable, and both Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas received multiple grid demotion penalties.
But Zak Brown says the Mercedes F1 seems happy with the reliability of the 2022 F1 power unit it’s developing.
“They are happy with their development,” said Zak Brown.
“Fortunately, last year we were reliable. As you know, it’s not just the power unit that makes it more reliable.”
Zak Brown says he feels the McLaren F1 has worked well with Mercedes’ F1 power unit last year. Despite losing the ranking battle with Ferrari, McLaren’s 4th place is the highest among the Mercedes F1 customer team. Aston Martin finished the season in 7th place and Williams in 8th place.
“I think our team was able to operate the power unit well in the first year, which may not have been the same level of concern for our reliability,” Zak Brown added.
Despite losing to Ferrari, the McLaren F1 has made great strides as a team in terms of course results and hopes that new technical rules will carry that momentum into the new era of F1 in 2022.
There is a lot of fun in 2022 for the McLaren F1. Not only will F1 introduce new technical rules, but F1 will race in Miami for the first time. Meanwhile, as an organization, McLaren will make its debut with the long-awaited Extreme E.
In IndyCar, former McLaren F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya will return to the team at the India 500 in May.
McLaren F1 will announce the 2022 F1 machine “MCL36” on February 11th (Friday).