McLaren and Ferrari’s 2010 cars side-by-side (Pictures)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25
2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)

The McLaren MP4-25 has been launched today.

So now we can see how it compares to arch-rival Ferrari’s 2010 car, the F10, which was launched yesterday.

Have a look at the two cars side-by-side in these pictures to see how two of F1’s powerhouse teams have tackled the 2010 regulations.

The different zooms used on the photographs makes it difficult to compare dimensions accurately, and makes the MP4-25 look much longer than the F10.


2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)
2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)

Image scaled so rear wheel sizes match


2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)
2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)
2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)
2010 Ferrari F10 and McLaren MP4-25 (click to enlarge)

Images scaled so front wing sizes match

Images (C) / Ferrari spa

138 comments on “McLaren and Ferrari’s 2010 cars side-by-side (Pictures)”

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  1. Just thought with horror, the Mclaren looks like it could suck 2 kilos of rubber, rubbish an leaves down them ducts.

    1. So will everyone else, brake ducts, a blessing and a curse.

      Is it feasible that leaves and rubbish at singapore could mess up the air intakes.

      1. CounterStrike
        29th January 2010, 17:15

        Or it could dump it straight into the face of the car following it

        Well there was this theory that the Red Bull car faces problems with overtaking cos its inefficient in the dirty air.

        With most of the teams on course to mimic RB5, surely they’ll have massive trouble getting past the mp4-25. Of course if the RB5-dirty air theory were to be true.

        1. I imagine the designers have devised a curious air flow from the rear of that car but the brake ducts will ingest some of the heavier detritus in the air stream not deflected by the front wing, I see a pair of men at the stops clearing the portals.

          1. I never bought the RB5 dirty air theory. I think it was just Vettle, Webber didn’t seem to have any trouble in dirty air and kept good pace and overtook.

            Vettle of course didn’t. An his army of fans took one speculative cue from Legard or Brundle and run a mile with it.

  2. The McLaren has a sense of purpose about it, whereas the Ferrari looks like they couldn’t quite make their mind up whether to do a ‘Red Bull’ or to stick to what they know. Hopefully the ‘B’ spec car they are already rumoured to be working on turns out better.

    1. CounterStrike
      29th January 2010, 17:16

      Most of you have resigned to a F10″B” even before testing has begun! Looks very promising for the Scuderia :P

    2. I’ll be more disapointed than anything else if the Ferrari isn’t a good un’.

      It’ll ruin the season to loose Alonso and Massa to the midfield. The point of this year was to be it’s extremely talented pool of drivers in competative cars, if we don’t get that it’ll be like any other year.

  3. Both are quite good looking, I’d say, compared to their ’09 predecessors. To my eye, the ferrari is a little better looking (The red/silver vodafone livery doesnt help the McLaren, thats for sure) but I sure hope this one is the quicker car. Also I really like the front wing with its dual-endplate design. It almost looks like a front wing on top of the front wing. I wonder if ferrari is hiding a wing like this too…

  4. I thought the launch Ferrari was not supposed to be a fully up to date spec of the car, with parts such as the wings not being the latest, and as most teams will have a full update by the first race it will be interesting to compare the cars at the first test and the cars at the first race.

  5. fantasticplanet
    29th January 2010, 17:53

    The deciding factor in the 2009 season was the use of double deck diffusers, correct? And since we have not seen any back shots, I think that we’ve all yet to even peek at both of the car’s potential. Personally, I prefer how the the ferrari’s front end is sculpted in addition to the suspension linkages, it seems like a marriage of last year’s car and the red bull bulges, but a bit more elegant with those knifelike linkages and the trailing edge attaching the front wing.

    Also, that is definitely the same front wing from Spain/Monaco- those tricky guys at ferrari aren’t showing their hand yet. Look it up on the formula 1 site.

    On the other side of the coin I like how narrow the sidepods taper to on the McMerc, and doth mine eyes deceive me or… is that pull rod suspension on the back? I wonder how they achieved more efficient engine cooling, maybe they’ve got secret compartments to hold dry ice- jk.

    1. This we know but the rumours of Ferrari trouble comming from Italian jurnos is a little bit more exciting no?

      1. CounterStrike
        29th January 2010, 18:22

        This was expected. Its called PSBLS.

        Post Schumacher-Brawn Loss Syndrome. Ferrari have depended way too heavily on the duo.

  6. Apparently, unbeknownst to me, we have a lot of automotive engineers and aerodynamicists on this site!!!

    Anyway, no one knows how these cars will run until Bahrain. Everyone can speculate in the comments how this part or that part will affect air flow. Did anyone writing in the comments see CFD or Wind tunnel data from Ferrari or McLaren? Didn’t think so. These posts about performance in the comments are irrelevant!

    1. fantasticplanet
      29th January 2010, 18:53

      Yeah, you’re right, it’s all gross speculation but I believe most people were commenting on aesthetic qualities of the cars anyway. I do think that all the bigwigs- namely McLaren and Ferrari, have a bit more to prove this season. Factoring in Ferrari have very deep pockets coupled with the fact that they’re racing against many former associates and partners (Brawn, Schumi, and their lead aerodynamicist), I believe they’re gonna be doing everything in their power to develop their car to the fullest and regain the WCC and Driver’s title. So speculation, at least in regard to the tension and competitive emotions of this coming season, is justified.

  7. CounterStrike
    29th January 2010, 19:11

    Even Gerhard Berger thinks that The Ferrari F10 might not be competitive, even with Alonso on board.

    “Even with [Fernando] Alonso, Ferrari’s overall package is not as strong as it once was with [Michael] Schumacher,” he told Switzerland’s Blick newspaper. “They are now missing [Jean] Todt, [Ross] Brawn and the often underestimated designer [Rory] Byrne. And without the right people, soon you are lost.”


    1. CounterStrike
      29th January 2010, 19:15

      Maybe they are having trouble with the weight distribution & fuel tank assembly. Cos Alonso’s been banging about re-fueling ban ever since he first visited the Ferrari factory.

  8. Looking at the designs, I feel Ferrari are taking the airflow through an under the car, while Mclaren are through an over. If that makes sense?

  9. They both look great, but does anyone else wish we could lose the very stupid looking cameras on top ? Surely one sticking off the side of the airbox as in the Ferrari pic would suffice ? Surely that one is closer to a drivers eye view anyway.

  10. David Sherwood
    29th January 2010, 21:07

    Given that an F1 is really an upside down aircraft wing, i.e. to push down the vehicle rather than pull up, it is interesting to see the McLaren’s side pods look rather like an aircraft wing the normal way up. In other words they will create lift not downforce.

    Now I am no aerodynamisist, so I am sure the designers have got it right, but it just looks strange!

  11. The Ferrari has the nicer aerodynamic design but the McLaren has the nicer paint design.

  12. to me there are many comments posted here that are solely based on the nationality of the people who wrote them (McClaren=england people, ferrari=italians,spaniards). To be neutral in my comments, I think that the rear of the McClaren looks more developed and completed than the one in the ferrari,to me the rear of the ferrari looks very simple and that leads me to believe that that are or will work in building a better rear (gods know,they probably didn’t show all of their aces). The middle part of the ferrari looks better and more developed than the one built by McClaren. (to me the McClaren team put way more emphasis and time in building the the rear since as you might remember ,they struggle last year to develop the rear wing of their car. You can see the the ferrari’s sidepots are more aerodinamic, circular that the ones in the Mcclaren’s which look more square.Also the middle section looks or is higher than the one if the f10 and it seems that it will worked really good if the Mcclaren built a really good double diffuser,if they didn’t then I believe that the middle part of the McClaren will make more air resistance making it a slower car. Last but not least the front part/front wing of the Ferrari looks the same as last year’s car. That really makes me believe that they didn’t show the front wind that will compete in the first race or they haven’t worked on the front wind as much,they copied the nose that was used by red bull last year but they didn’t changed the front wing at all .
    It seems to me that Mcclaren worked alot in the front part of their car but I don’t think that it will work at all. That front wind has a form that resembles a shark, I remeber that it was used by Williams and by Renault last year and it didn’t work at all. I wouldn’t be surprise that McClaren will copy the redbull nose and will change the shark appearance of the front wind to make one more conventional.

    Something that noone has mentioned is that ferrari didn’t show the double diffuser, it makes me believe that they found something and that whatever they found will make them gain alot of time incomparison to other cars. It seems to me that ferrari worked and spent more of their time and resources developing the double diffuser and that will work in the rest of the car as the season progresses.
    Last but not least ,it seems that this two team copied the ideas from rd bull and mcclaren and that the evolution of the brawn and the redbull should result in better car than the two already launched.

    1. fantasticplanet
      30th January 2010, 0:46

      I disagree on the front development of the McMerc, the front looks like an amalgam of the the snowplow splitter of the FW31 under the nosecone, an intermediate nosecone combining the higher position of most teams and droop nose of the mp4-24, and the front wing from the latter races of 2009.

      Looks rather evolutionary than revolutionary- other than the shark fin.

  13. yeah i dont think fernando will do well,Massa might b faster than ever after his knock to v head!wow v new McLewis sure gets ua pumped 4 some racin.Not that Michaels gonna let anyone past.hahaha I realy want people 2 give it go but!hahaha

  14. Id like to see a rear end comparison following all of last years controversy. also that front wing on the maclaren is seriosly complex dont you think. could definately go one way or the other. i also expect it to have some wild changes depending on the nature of each circuit.

  15. yeah like v cars at least looking complex u no even if half v stuff didnt do anything 2 improve performance,they are f1 cars afterall

  16. can someone find out if they adopted what redbull had last year and NO ONE ELSE?

    a pull-rod rear suspension, which, once red bull got their double diffuser, made them the faster car…

    because of the less aero downforce, a pull rod rear suspension (as opposed to all the other teams and the standard push-rod), was thought by newey, to give better stability over medium and fast corners, and , newey was right…

    so, have any other team adopted this, and will redbull be keeping it, i think that is a big question that needs answering…


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