McLaren addressed Mercedes’ engine reliability issues, saying that they were lucky not to have dealt with it.

Mercedes were the best team on the grid, and have been for the last eight years. In addition to smoking their rivals on the track, they also supply engines to some teams on the grid, with their customers being Aston Martin, Williams and McLaren.

However, 2021 saw the usually excellent Mercedes engines suffer reliability issues, which affected all the four teams running their engines. While Mercedes, Aston Martin and Williams stumbled at times, McLaren escaped with relatively minor issues.

With the team set to run the Brackley-produced engines in 2022, McLaren addressed Mercedes’ engine reliability issues, saying that they were confident they would get perfect power units for the new season.

“They (Mercedes) are feeling good about their development,” McLaren CEO Zak Brown told Motorsport.com.

“We, fortunately, had good reliability last year. As you know, there’s more than just the power unit that goes into the reliability.

McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas. November 2021
McLaren ran Mercedes power units this season. Source: planetf1.com

“I think our guys did a good job of working with the power unit in year one, so reliability hasn’t been maybe the same level of concern with us that it has with others.”

Highs and lows

McLaren switched engine partners at the beginning of 2021, and the results were instantaneous. They were superb in the first half of the season, taking podiums and giving the top teams a good run for their money.

In fact, they were P3 in the Constructors’ Championship standings for a significant part of the season before a slump saw them lose out to Ferrari.

Nevertheless, it was a very positive season for the Woking team. They took their first victory in many years when Daniel Ricciardo drove a stellar drive at Monza to win the 2021 Italian GP. Lando Norris came home in second place to make it a 1-2 for the men in orange, with it being the only 1-2 of the 2021 season.

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