The British team McLaren has announced its launch plans for the new season that is upon us. McLaren is the second team to confirm the unveil date of the new 2021 car, the MCL35M, after the Alfa Romeo announced they will unveil their new car on 22 February.
McLaren shared a post on its social media revealing the launch date of the MCL35M during an event scheduled for 15 February at 7pm GMT.
The event will be held at the McLaren Technology Center in Woking and will be broadcast by Sky Sports F1 which owns the UK television rights.
New car new driver. In fact, the new single-seater of the 2021 season will be unveiled during the event and the new driver, Daniel Ricciardo, who joined McLaren during the winter from Renault, will also be officially presented.
The Australian driver will be joined by his new teammate, Lando Norris, who will compete in his third season in F1 with McLaren.
Both drivers will make sure they continue to take McLaren to the top after the British team finished third in the Constructors' Standings at the end of last Formula 1 season, achieving its best season since 2012.
The changes don't stop there. In fact, in McLaren comes the partnership with Mercedes regarding the power unit, unhooking the Renault.
The British team had to redesign the rear of the car that will host the Mercedes power unit and was forced to use its two development tokens to make it possible. However, the team is confident and hopes that this can offer a step forward in terms of performance.
McLaren was the official team of Mercedes from 1995 to 2009, using its engines even afterwards until 2014 when McLaren made its move to Honda.
What comes to mind is that McLaren has designed a brand new car for the 2021 season.
McLaren Production Director Piers Thynne declared: "Whereas every other team will carry over most of its car from last year into this year, our switch to the Mercedes power unit means that's not the case for us,
"It's driven a huge amount of change and, essentially, we've been building a new car. The number of new parts on the MCL35M is about the same as when we built the MCL35."
Additionally, this Wednesday, McLaren posted a video of the new MCL35M turned on for the first time at the factory, making its rumble heard for the first time publicly.