McLaren: More upgrades for MCL35M but switchover to 2022 car looms

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl says the team has more updates in the pipeline for its MCL35M, but... The post McLaren: More upgrades for MCL35M but switchover to 2022 car looms appeared first on F1i.com.

McLaren: More upgrades for MCL35M but switchover to 2022 car looms

McLaren team boss Andreas Seidl says the team has more updates in the pipeline for its MCL35M, but the complete shift of resources to its all-new 2022 car is fast approaching.

McLaren has enjoyed a strong start to its 2021 campaign, scoring points in all races so far to position itself third in the Constructors' standings.

But the fight at the top of F1's midfield – and McLaren's current rivalry with Ferrari - will likely intensify with each passing race, enticing the Woking-based outfit's engineers to deliver more updates to its 2021 contender in the near term.

"If you look since the first test this year onwards, we simply tried to continuously bring updates to the car, to make continuously steps forward with the performance," Seidl said last weekend in Spain.

"We've also brought upgrades for example to Portimao, we've brought updates for the car also here in free practice. And our plan is to still bring further updates also in the coming races.

"It’s obviously a very tight battle, especially with Ferrari, and it’s simply important to make sure we keep bringing upgrades to the car in the next races in order to keep this battle for P3 alive."

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But Seidl admitted that McLaren's efforts to develop its current car will inevitably subside as the team switches its entire focus to 2022.

"At the same time it's also clear that we are not far away from switching over completely the entire team, entire development team, to fully focusing on next year's car," the German added.

"So I still think it will depend in the end if there's still any low hanging fruit around for this year's car in terms of development, which we then want to further explore.

"But overall I think James [Key – McLaren technical director] has a clear idea of when he wants to fully switch over to next year."

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Hamilton clocks in 8th on Forbes highest-paid athletes list

Seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is Grand Prix racing's highest earner, but the Mercedes star is also... The post Hamilton clocks in 8th on Forbes highest-paid athletes list appeared first on F1i.com.

Hamilton clocks in 8th on Forbes highest-paid athletes list

Seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton is Grand Prix racing's highest earner, but the Mercedes star is also among the world's top-ten highest-paid athletes for 2020 according to Forbes.

Despite the global coronavirus pandemic which brought the world – and many professional sports – to a standstill last year, there was no off switch for the world's leading athletes in terms of their income.

On the contrary, most of sport's mega stars enjoyed more income last year than in 2019.

According to which took into account retainers, prize money and cash earned away from the sports arena, the ten highest-paid athletes in the world took home pretax gross earnings of $1.05 billion during the past 12 months, 28% more than last year’s top earners.

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At the top of the money pyramid sits Irish UFC fighter Conor McGregor who earned a whopping $180m in 2020.

But there's a catch – or perhaps in McGregor's case, a punch. The bulk of the fighter's pay day came from the sale of his holdings in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve to proximo Spirits for $150m.

Completing the money grab podium in 2020 are footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo who earned respectively $130m and $120m.

NFL Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott landed in fourth place with $107.5m, and was followed by NBA legend and Lakers player Lebron James who collected $96.5m last season.

Brazilian striker Neymar lines up sixth in the standings with $95m, while Roger Federer managed to boost his bank accounts by $90m despite being out of commission for most of the year due to a knee injury

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Then follows our man Sir Lewis who beefed up his estimated $45m retainer with Mercedes with additional earnings that brought him across the finish line P8 with toral earnings of $82m.

It's uncertain if Forbes' estimate took into account the rumored 20% cut applied by Mercedes to its driver's retainer following the lesser number of races that took place last season.

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Nevertheless, Forbes believes that Hamilton earned himself a healthy bonus thanks to his 11 Grand Prix wins to which he added the fruits of his numerous endorsements deals with Tommy Hilfiger, Monster Energy and Puma.

Interestingly, if Forbes had ranked everyone according to "on the field" earnings only, Hamilton would have clocked in fourth behind Messi, Prescott and Neymar.

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