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In a unique event attended by hundreds of fans, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes this morning brought together members of the public to construct and reveal its new MP4-26 chassis, the team's challenger for the 2011 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Revealed at Berlin's Potsdamer Platz, the famous public space that sits on the fringe of the old Berlin Wall, the car was built up by dozens of Vodafone competition-winners, fans and customers carrying components into the arena, where the new chassis was gradually pieced together in front of a huge crowd.

This culminated in our race drivers – 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton and 2009 world champion Jenson Button – assembling the very final pieces to reveal the completed racecar.

Looking radically different from last year's race-winning chassis, MP4-26 features a range of aerodynamic features designed to take advantage of new rules significantly limiting the amount of downforce that can be derived from the car's underbody.

These most notably include distinctive Ú-shaped sidepods – to feed air more efficiently to the car's rear-end – and a drag reduction system active rear-wing, introduced for 2011 to increase the potential for overtaking.

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.4 L., 8-cylinder

7-speed Manual
Beneath the skin, the car houses an all-new electric KERS hybrid system. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, along wîth our engine partners Mercedes-Benz HighPerformanceEngines, became the first-ever Formula 1 team to win a grand prix using a hybrid device in 2009, and this new system is expected to further refine that race-winning package.

The team continues for 2011 wîth the proven driver pairing of world champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Between them, they helped Vodafone McLaren Mercedes to five grands prix victories, three one-two results and second overall in the 2010 constructors' championship.

Following today's launch, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' Gary Paffett will shake down MP4-26 during a private session at the Idiada Proving Ground in Spain on Tuesday February 8 before the team begins track testing at the Circuito de Jerez on Thursday February 10.

Source - McLaren

What's changed ahead of the new Formula 1 season

After widescale changes to the technical regulations in 2009 and '10, the 2011 season should prove no different, wîth a further raft of challenges and opportunities facing our engineers.

With the aim to create more exciting and unpredictable racing, these are 2011's major developments, their primary effects and the ways that Vodafone McLaren Mercedes has approached them:

CHANGE Adjustable front wings & F-ducts out; drag reduction system in
Adjustable front-wing flaps, which were introduced in 2009 to give drivers the ability to dial out any handling instabilities have been dropped to aid simplicity and reduce costs.

Similarly, the F-duct concept, which was pioneered by Vodafone McLaren Mercedes last year to allow the driver to stall the rear wing, reduce drag and increase top-end speed, has been banned.

They're replaced for 2011 by a FOTA-led initiative to allow the driver to adjust the rear-wing flap within certain deployment zones controlled by the regulations: the drag reduction system.

The drag reduction system's active rear wing use is unlimited during qualifying, but after two race laps, drivers will be able to adjust the angle of their rear wings between two set positions – at specific points on the circuit and, even then, only when a driver is less than one second behind another.
EFFECT Considerably greater end-of-straight speeds, particularly in qualifying when deployment is unregulated. In races, the drag reduction system should hopefully encourage more overtaking. Potential for its exploitation around restarts, out of yellow-flag periods and between backmarkers could lead to a refinement of its permissible use as the season develops.
CHANGE Double diffusers banned
The wording of the regulations that allowed the use of double diffusers has been rewritten for 2011. New rules mean the diffuser volume is also subtly smaller this year.
EFFECT Limits the increasingly complex and costly ‘arms race' that came from the double-diffuser rules loophole.
While the diffuser will still be a key player in car development, both rule changes mean its overall effect will be reduced – so expect development focus to shift to other areas of the car.

CHANGE KERS hybrid reintroduced
Subject to a unanimous teams' agreement to block its use in 2010, KERS hybrid returns this year. As before, it produces 60kW at maximum power and 400MJ per lap and is fully controlled by the driver.
EFFECT If everyone uses a hybrid system, and deploys it at the same points, then it won't be as great a differentiator as it was in 2009. The system won't store enough energy to allow maximum deployment every lap, so judicious drivers could benefit. Úse of double-deployment during qualifying will mean a very big jump between qualifying and race pace.
CHANGE Gearbox life extended from four to five races.
EFFECT An incremental increase, but a valuable cost-saving one: gearboxes could already theoretically last for five races in 2010, so this change will be more about managing the margin and optimising practical use.

CHANGE Pirelli joins Formula 1
The tyre monopoly switches from Bridgestone to Italian manufacturer Pirelli, which have very different degradation and wear profiles to the Japanese rubber
EFFECT Probably the biggest variable to overcome in 2011: the advantage from quickly adapting to the new tyres could be critical to the championship.
Judging from last year's Abu Dhabi test, both wear and degradation looks quite high. As a result, existing one-stop races are likely to become two-stoppers, and those drivers able to manage and exploit their tyres could profit the most.
CHANGE Minimum weight of the car raised from 620kg to 640kg
EFFECT Weight increase brought about to allow for easier packaging of the hybrid system. It also won't marginalise the bigger drivers. Cars will be heavier on track, and slower through the corners.
CHANGE Fixed weight-distribution
EFFECT Agreed by all teams as protection against the random possibility of the new Pirelli tyres favouring one particular weight distribution. To avoid the potential of a lottery, the teams wrote a regulation fixing forward weight distribution between 45.5 and 46.5 per cent to apply for 2011 season only.
CHANGE Second safety tether fitted to each wheel
EFFECT Reduces the likelihood of wheels breaking away from the chassis in the event of an impact
CHANGE Extended driver protection panels on chassis
EFFECT Protecting the driver from debris penetration

CHANGE 107 per cent rule re-introduced
EFFECT For the first time since 2002, any driver who does not set a qualifying time within 107 per cent of the fastest lap in Q1 will not be permitted to start the race. In extenuating circumstances the FIA stewards may grant an exception
CHANGE Ban on late-night working on Thursday and Friday evenings
EFFECT The new working ban effectively means the end of lengthy all-nighters to prep and fit last-minute new development parts during a race weekend. It means teams will need to shift the delivery of new parts to earlier in the weekend.

Source - McLaren

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Red Bull RacingRed BullRB7 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Australia Mark Alan Webber 
Vodafone McLaren MercedesMcLaren
United Kingdom Jenson Alexander Lyons Button
United Kingdom Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton 
Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari
150° Italia 
Spain Fernando Alonso
Brazil Felipe Massa 
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 TeamMercedes-Benz
W02 Silver Arrow 
Germany Nico Erik Rosberg
Germany Michael Schumacher 
Renault F1 TeamRenault
Germany Nick Lars Heidfeld
Russia Vitaly Aleksandrovich Petrov
Brazil Bruno Senna 
Force India Formula One TeamForce India
VJM04 Mercedes 
United Kingdom Paul di Resta
Germany Adrian Sutil 
Spain Pedro Martínez de la Rosa
Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Mexico Sergio Pérez Mendoza 
Scuderia Toro RossoScuderia Toro Rosso
Spain Jaime Alguersuari
Switzerland Sébastien Olivier Buemi 
 AT&T WilliamsWilliams
Brazil Rubens Gonçalves 'Rubinho' Barrichello
Venezuela Pastor Rafael Maldonado Motta 
10 Team LotusLotus
India Karun Chandhok
Finland Heikki Johannes Kovalainen
Italy Jarno Trulli 
11 Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT)HRT
F111 Cosworth 
India Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan
Italy Vitantonio 'Tonio' Liuzzi
Australia Daniel Ricciardo 
12 Marussia Virgin RacingVirgin
MVR-02 Cosworth 
Belgium Jérôme dAmbrosio
Germany Timo Glock 

2011 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Australian Grand Prix  Albert ParkMar 2011  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Malaysian Grand Prix  SepangApr 2011  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Chinese Grand Prix  ShanghaiApr 2011  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMcLaren 
 Turkish Grand Prix  Istanbul ParkMay 2011  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Spanish Grand Prix  Circuit de CatalunyaMay 2011  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Monaco Grand Prix  MonacoMay 2011  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Canadian Grand Prix  Circuit Gilles VilleneuveJun 2011  Jenson Alexander Lyons ButtonMcLaren 
 European Grand Prix  ValenciaJun 2011  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 British Grand Prix  SilverstoneJul 2011  Fernando AlonsoFerrari 
 German Grand Prix  NürburgringJul 2011  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMcLaren 
 Hungarian Grand Prix  HungaroringJul 2011  Jenson Alexander Lyons ButtonMcLaren 
 Belgian Grand Prix  Spa-FrancorchampsAug 2011  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Italian Grand Prix  MonzaSep 2011  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
Singapore Grand Prix  Marina BaySep 2011  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Japanese Grand Prix  SuzukaOct 2011  Jenson Alexander Lyons ButtonMcLaren 
 Korean Grand Prix  Korean International CircuitOct 2011  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Indian Grand Prix  Buddh International CircuitOct 2011  Sebastian VettelRed Bull 
 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix  Yas MarinaNov 2011  Lewis Carl Davidson HamiltonMcLaren 
 Brazilian Grand Prix  Autódromo José Carlos Pace, InterlagosNov 2011  Mark Alan WebberRed Bull 

Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
2008 L. Hamilton
2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
2012 S. Vettel
2013 S. Vettel
2014 L. Hamilton
2015 L. Hamilton
2016 N. Rosberg


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