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McLaren says 2021 MCL35M 'essentially a new car'

McLaren says the sheer number of new parts designed for its 2021 MCL35M following the team's switch to Mercedes power means the papaya squad is fielding "essentially a new car" this season. F1 teams have been compelled by the regulations to carry over their 2020 chassis for this season, with only slight modifications allowed by the compliance to the rules. However, McLaren's decision to swap its Renault engine for a Mercedes power unit has led to a few production challenges, not to mention the constraints imposed by the current COVID-19 environment, as McLaren F1 production director Piers Thynne explained in a Q&A published on McLaren's website. "Whereas every other team...
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