McLaren has announced the launch date for its 2019 car, with the MCL34 to be unveiled on February 14.
The 2019 car will be the second to incorporate the Renault power unit, and the design and delivery of the new car is being led by Pat Fry — who re-joined the team last year — while James Key completes his ‘gardening leave’ before joining as technical director from Toro Rosso. The MCL33 chassis started the 2018 season strongly but faded as the team ended up sixth in the constructors’ championship.
McLaren will have an all-new driver line-up in 2019, with Carlos Sainz partnering Lando Norris following the decision of Fernando Alonso to take a year off from Formula 1 and Stoffel Vandoorne being dropped.
The launch date is the fourth to be confirmed ahead of the new season, with Renault currently set to be first to unveil its car on February 12. That will be followed by Racing Point’s launch event — including the former Force India team’s new identity — that will take place at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto on February 13.
Following the McLaren launch, Ferrari will then unveil its 2019 car on Friday, February 15, with pre-season testing set to get underway at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 18.