Mercedes engine but a McLaren gearbox

Michelle Foster
Carlos Sainz

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McLaren will continue to build its own gearboxes next season despite swapping to Mercedes power units.

Although McLaren is an engine customer, the Woking team has only bought power units, deciding to stick with its philosophy of designing and building its own gearboxes.

That’s how it works at present with Renault, and that’s how it will continue to be with Mercedes.

Next season McLaren will be returning to Mercedes power, having opted to end its brief two-year relationship with Renault.

That led some speculation that McLaren could run Mercedes’ gearboxes as well, with team boss Andreas Seidl denying that it on the cards.

“There is no change in our strategy,” he told

“We may have a Mercedes engine next year, but we never planned to replace the gearbox. That’s why we’ll continue to build our own gearbox.”

This year, McLaren’s last with Renault engines, began on a high note for the Woking team with Lando Norris bagging a maiden podium at the Austrian Grand Prix.

The team has scored in all three races, putting McLaren third in the Constructors’ Championship with 41 points, one ahead of Racing Point.

Seidl acknowledges that part of the team’s improved performance is thanks to its Renault engine and what has so far been perfect reliability.

“There was 100 percent durability in the first three races,” he said.

“We ended all qualifying and races with, say, all six cars in three races.

“It’s a good step forward compared to last year.

“We had a good winter test in Barcelona, ​​where we ran a lot of kilometers, that is now paying off.

“That is also the key to collecting points.

“I have to express my thanks to the Renault colleagues for doing their part to have achieved this durability. ”

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