McLaren MCL33

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McLaren MCL33

Stoffel Vandoorne in the MCL33 during pre-season tests in Barcelona

Constructor: United KingdomUnited Kingdom McLaren
Predecessor: McLaren MCL32
Successor: McLaren MCL34
Technical specifications
Chassis: CFK - monocoque with side crash structure made of PBO ( "Zylon")
Engine: Renault RE18
Width: 2000 mm
Height: 950 mm
Weight: 733 kg (including driver)
Tires: Pirelli
Petrol: BP
Driver: SpainSpain Fernando Alonso Stoffel Vandoorne
First start: 2018 Australian Grand Prix
Last start: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2018
Starts Victories Poles SR
21st - - -
World Cup points: 62
Podiums: -
Leadership laps: -
Template: Infobox racing car / maintenance / old parameters

The McLaren MCL33 is the Formula 1 - racing cars from McLaren for the Formula 1 2018 World Cup . It is the 46th McLaren Formula 1 car. It was presented in Woking on February 23, 2018 .

Technology and development

Like all Formula 1 vehicles of 2018, the McLaren MCL33 is a rear-wheel drive monoposto with a monocoque made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) . In addition to the monocoque, many other parts of the vehicle, including the body parts and the steering wheel, are made of CFRP. The brake discs are also made from a heat-resistant carbon fiber reinforced composite material.

The MCL33 is the successor to the MCL32 . Since the technical regulations for the 2018 season remained largely stable, the vehicle is largely a further development.

The MCL33 is driven by a in the center of the vehicle -mounted 1.6 liter V-6 engine of Renault with a turbocharger and a 120  kW strong electric motor , so it is a hybrid electric vehicle . The car's sequential gearbox has eight gears. The gear change is triggered by paddles on the steering wheel. Since McLaren started with Honda engines in the preseason , the transmission had to be redesigned. The vehicle has only two pedals, an accelerator pedal (right) and a brake pedal (left). Just like many other functions, the clutch , which is only used when starting from a standstill, is operated via a lever on the steering wheel.

The total width of the vehicle is 2000 mm, the width between the front and rear axles 1600 mm, the height 950 mm. The front wing has a width of 1800 mm, the rear wing of 950 mm and a height of 800 mm. The diffuser has a total height of 175 mm and a width of 1050 mm. The car is equipped with 305 mm wide front tires and 405 mm wide rear tires from the standard supplier Pirelli , which are mounted on 13-inch wheels.

Like all Formula 1 vehicles since 2011 , the MCL33 has a Drag Reduction System (DRS), which reduces the drag of the vehicle on the straights by flattening part of the rear wing , if it is allowed to be used. The DRS is also activated with a switch on the steering wheel of the car.

Unlike its predecessor, the MCL33 is equipped with the Halo system , which provides additional protection for the driver's head. This system increases the weight of the vehicle to 733 kg. The eye-catching fin on the engine cover that the previous model had is missing due to a change in the technical regulations.

The most noticeable change compared to the MCL32 is the rear suspension: The attachment of the upper wishbone to the rear axle has been changed and set higher. This makes the entire suspension more aerodynamically efficient. The side pods of the MCL33 are hardly changed. McLaren is therefore one of the few teams that its vehicle design in this area is not based on the Ferrari SF70H .

At the Spanish Grand Prix , the MCL33 was equipped with a revised front section. The nose of the vehicle has several channels that direct the flow of air under the vehicle floor.

Painting and sponsorship

The MCL33 is mainly painted in orange and blue. Unlike the previous model is the MCL33 a papaya Spark called Papaya -Orangefarbton, the official corporate color of McLaren. McLaren racing cars had already started with these colors in the late 1960s. The blue elements in the colors Burton Blue and Cerulean Blue were also featured on McLaren vehicles back then.

Airgain , Chandon, CNBC , Dell , Kimoa , Logitech , NTT Communications , Petrobras , Pirelli, engine supplier Renault, watch manufacturer Richard Mille and SAP advertise on the vehicle.


McLaren will compete again in the 2018 season with drivers Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne .


driver No. 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 10 11 12 13 14th 15th 16 17th 18th 19th 20th 21st Points rank
Formula 1 World Championship 2018 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium (civil) .svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Singapore.svg Flag of Russia.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg 62 6th
SpainSpain F. Alonso 14th 5 7th 7th 7th 8th DNF DNF 16 * 8th 8th 16 * 8th DNF DNF 7th 14th 14th DNF DNF 17th 11
BelgiumBelgium S. Vandoorne 02 9 8th 13 9 DNF 14th 16 12 15 * 11 13 DNF 15th 12 12 16 15th 11 8th 14th 14th
colour abbreviation meaning
gold - victory
silver - 2nd place
bronze - 3rd place
green - Placement in the points
blue - Classified outside the point ranks
violet DNF Race not finished (did not finish)
NC not classified
red DNQ did not qualify
DNPQ failed in pre-qualification (did not pre-qualify)
black DSQ disqualified
White DNS not at the start (did not start)
WD withdrawn
Light Blue PO only participated in the training (practiced only)
TD Friday test driver
without DNP did not participate in the training (did not practice)
INJ injured or sick
EX excluded
DNA did not arrive
C. Race canceled
  no participation in the World Cup
other P / bold Pole position
SR / italic Fastest race lap
* not at the finish,
but counted due to the distance covered
() Streak results
underlined Leader in the overall standings

Web links

Commons : McLaren MCL33  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Starting with the 2019 season, Petrobras will supply all fuel and lubricants for the McLaren team. Despite the fact that the oil company has already placed advertising on the car, the MCL33 will still run on BP petrol during the 2018 season ; see. Jonathan Noble: McLaren Formula 1 team changes fuel supplier to Petrobras., February 20, 2018, accessed April 16, 2018 .
  2. Sven Haidinger: McLaren presents orange MCL33: Damned to success., February 23, 2018, accessed February 25, 2018 .
  3. Stefan Ehlen, Giorgio Piola, Matthew Somerfield: Technology check: What's new on the McLaren-Renault MCL33?, February 24, 2018, accessed February 25, 2018 .
  4. Edd Straw, Ruben Zimmermann: Radical front section: McLaren with a fancy nose to success?, May 10, 2018, accessed May 12, 2018 .