Mclaren presented its new single-seat for 2021, the MCL35M.
The team made the presentation without an audience at the MTC, due to the restrictions motivated by the pandemic. The theme of the presentation was clearly McLaren’s team spirit and good atmosphere. With over two hundred fans being “virtual guests”, Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo shared the stage of the presentation, which featured special messages from Ricciardo’s family.
The new car is an evolution of last year’s machine, with the new, more compact Mercedes engine. James Key hopes that despite the diminished aerodynamic support motivated by the new regulations, the car will be as fast as the MCL35.
Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing, said:
“This year, we have an incredibly exciting lineup of drivers, both are formidable drivers and great characters off the track. Lando is a naturally fast and intelligent driver on an exciting journey, while Daniel is a winner of several grand prizes and an exceptional talent. ”
“After a challenging but rewarding 2020, we pressed the reset button firmly for this season as we continued on our way towards the front of the grid. This will be an even more difficult season, but we are ready to face the challenge. I want to pay tribute to Formula 1 and the FIA and the rest of the teams, continuing to work hard for the benefit of our sport, as we strive to bring exciting races to fans around the world.
“I am proud of our team and the progress we have made together so far. We still have a long way to go, but we have a great spirit in the team and we are becoming stronger competitors as we continue on our journey ”.
Andreas Seidl, Team Principal, McLaren F1, said:
“All of us at McLaren are ready and determined for another Formula One season. The whole team worked hard during the short winter, together with our Mercedes-AMG colleagues, to produce the MCL35M and make a strong car for our drivers to race. this year. This was not a small challenge, and I want to thank each member of our team, whether at MTC or working remotely, for the enormous effort they have made. Lando and Daniel will do their best to represent the team on the track. ”
“We are all extremely satisfied with the way Lando developed from the test and development driver in 2017, until 2020. His passion and experience for the sport are growing and he is now one of the fastest and most exciting racing drivers on the grid. ”
“Daniel represents our next step as a team and his decision to join McLaren is a validation of the progress we are making. As a proven driver, Daniel brings energy and experience to propel McLaren on our mission to the front of the field. ”
“Together, Lando and Daniel form one of the most competitive driver lines in F1. With these two at the wheel of the MCL35M, we know that we will have a team that is fully committed to the pursuit of performance on the track as we enter the 2021 season ”.