Filming day yesterday for McLaren, the first team to present its new car for the 2021 season. Last monday the presentation at the headquarters in Woking and yesterday already on track stretching its... suspensions.
A typical rainy day in Silverstone, but the dulness of the sky above the english track was offset by the new shimmering "papaya" McLaren 35.
A new blue and orange flaming car, powered by Mercedes, and a new teammate for Lando Norris, the 21 year-old english driver who joined McLaren about 5 years ago and became an official F1 driver in 2019.
This will be his third year driving a McLaren car and even if he's not a veteran like his australian companion, Daniel Ricciardo, he feels more responsable as he's been in the team for the longest time.
Lando Norris told Sky Sport News all about the first lap in his new car: "So, my first comments of the MCL35? Well it's difficult to say, due to the conditions of the track. It's wet, it's windy, it's cold, they'not the nicest conditions, but you still get that good feeling of how to drive a Formula 1 car again, and it feels like it's been quite a long time since I've had that feeling"
Damn, I’ve missed this seat pic.twitter.com/rfzhTdafnr— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) February 16, 2021
"It's nice to be back in the car, obviously there are some differecies, the engine for example, the Mercedes one sounds a bit different, feels a bit different.
I already have some comments, some feedback from my engineers, so we'll se how it works. I have to do some more laps to get a good understanding, but so far so good" he added.
According to FIA regulations, teams can carry out only two filming days per season, not exceeding the 100 km, using Pirelli demo-tyres. Most teams decide to take advantage of these opportunities to test the signle-seater before the winter test, and to give new drivers the chance to get familiar with the car.
Lando Norris did really good last year, he had a tremendous start to the F1 2020 season, grabbing his first-ever podium at the Austrian GP and becoming the youngest ever Brit to stand on a Formula 1 podium.
He's improved a lot, as he says "also thanks to Carlos Sainz" and Ricciardo's experience will definetly be a plus point for his 2021 season in orange.