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After an extravagant launch party that involved shutting a large chunk of downtown Valencia, the MP4-22 would provide McLaren with a very competitive car for what would become a very attention-grabbing season on and off the track. McLaren would have their inter-team rivalry erupt, miss out on a Drivers’ Championship by the smallest of margins and be excluded from the Constructors’ Championship and fined $100 million for the Spygate scandal.
Driven by two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso and rookie Lewis Hamilton, the MP4-22 was designed to bounce back from a winless 2006 season. In its design philosophy behind the new car, the McLaren’s designers claimed the MP4-22 featured “some advanced engineering concepts” and “novel aerodynamic solutions”.
The MP4-22 proved to be a lot more competitive than its predecessor, winning in Malaysia, Monaco, Canada, the US, European Grand Prix, Hungary, Italy and Japan, and most reliable car on the grid, only suffering two retirements, neither of which was mechanical. There wasn’t a single race in which a MP4-22 didn’t make the podium. McLaren actually scored more points in the first half of the season than in the whole of the previous year. All of these points were in vain, however, after McLaren were expelled from the Constructors’ Championship for their role in the Spygate saga, an espionage controversy regarding confidential stolen technical information.
Whilst the team were excluded, the drivers were not and, going into the final race of the season in Brazil, Hamilton led Alonso by four points with Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen three more points behind. Alonso finished third and Hamilton seventh (after suffering rare gearbox issues), whilst Räikkönen won the race and consequently the Drivers’ Championship, finishing above Hamilton and Alonso by a single point.
Overall, the MP4-22 took victory on eight occasions, finished on the podium a further thirteen times and would have scored 203 points, though of course the team was excluded from the Championship. Hamilton won four races, gained eight more podiums and scored 109 Championship points. He recorded nine consecutive podium finishes and six pole positions, more than any other rookie in Formula One history. Hamilton also equalled Jacques Villeneuve’s records of the most wins and the highest Championship finishing position in a debut season.
This fine 1:12 scale model of Lewis Hamilton's McLaren MP4-22 Nosecone has been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of the manufacturer regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of the original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale. Furthermore, it has undergone detailed scrutiny by both engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.
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