McLaren recently announced its latest racing car, the MCL35M, which will be used in the 2021 season. One key change in comparison to the previous versions of the Woking-based Company’s Formula 1 cars is the power unit in use, which has been swapped from Renault to Mercedes. This upgrade is quite a significant one, since Mercedes has been usually the fastest, as is evident by the continuous Constructor’s Cup championship wins.
Mercedes and Its Issues Related To The Power Unit
Despite the strides in terms of performance, Mercedes’s engine chief, Hywel Thomas revealed that the company was battling problems ahead of the pre-season testing that is set to begin in March.
“We have got some issues with the power units,” he said in a video by Mercedes. “We know we have issues but we have plenty of plans in place to fix all of those issues. I’m sure it will all be ready for the first race.”
This came to be quite close to what happened in 2020, wherein the company stated similar issues taking place. The delayed start of the season, in the latter half of the year, proved to be quite helpful for Mercedes.
Despite all this, McLaren says that it has not encountered any troubles with the new Mercedes Formula 1 engine,
What Does McLaren Have To Say?
Asked as to whether the company had any worries about Mercedes, technical director James Key stated: “I mean that’s obviously a question for Mercedes really. We couldn’t answer that.
“To date, we have done some full-scale testing on a dyno and that’s been completely problem-free. But I would say Mercedes are definitely the best to answer that, to be honest.”
“I think the Mercedes installation is certainly extremely tidy,” he explained.
“You can see how much attention to detail has gone into it. It’s very straightforward to package in that respect. And that has given us a few plus points.
“What has become clear over recent months is that Mercedes installation is very good to work to.
“We had to install the engine in this homologated environment, and I think working with the Mercedes colleagues, and with the power unit they’re supplying us, it has made it reasonably easy to try and shoehorn this engine into an otherwise homologated car with the installation that we’ve had.”