McLaren has become the latest team to launch its 2019 car, with the MCL34 unveiled at its headquarters in Woking on Thursday.
The new car was revealed by a number of team members at an event that featured 2019 drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz — McLaren’s first all-new driver line-up in 12 years — alongside CEO Zak Brown and sporting director Gil de Ferran.
The MCL34 retains the Papaya Orange introduced by the team over the past few seasons, but has an increased blue presence as a nod to McLaren’s wider racing heritage in a year it will return to the Indianapolis 500. The design is radically different to last year’s MCL33, which saw the team fade to sixth in the constructors’ championship after an encouraging start to the year.
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McLaren says the concept and design process of the new car “focuses on laying the foundations for development of the car throughout the season” following the disappointing 2018, and Brown describes the car as the first step towards a return to the front of the grid.
“The MCL34 is the result of an immense amount of hard work and dedication throughout our team,” Brown said. “We’re all committed, motivated and united in our ambition to return McLaren to competitiveness, and the MCL34 is only the start of this process.
“We have a fresh driver pairing, who together represent the new generation of Formula 1 talent, and are an integral part of the team and our collective effort to advance McLaren forward.
“The McLaren family is not only our people and our drivers, but also our superb partners and wonderful fans. We have a strong community of partners which continues to grow, and an incredible fanbase, who have all remained loyal and supportive throughout our highs and lows, and I’d like to thank them as we head into the 2019 season. As ever, we move fearlessly forward.”