KEY POINTS

  • Mclaren has unveiled the MCL35 for 2020 Formula 1
  • Technical director James Key has contributed significantly to the development of the MCL35
  • McLaren finished fourth within the constructor’s championship

McLaren is the latest team to unveil their new Formula 1 car for the 2020 season.

During an event at the McLaren Technology Center in Woking, the team lifted the covers from their new McLaren MCL35 vehicle, which is going to be driven by Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.

The MCL35 will retain the same color scheme from the 2019 season. There is a block of blue along with the side pods of the vehicle and the airbox.

Sainz managed to take sixth in the driver standings, only trailing the five-race winners in the championship. It was the first podium finish since 2014 at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

They enjoyed their best season for the past eight years as they finished fourth within the constructor’s championship, heading the midfield teams.

McLaren team principal, Andreas Seidl stated it was a critical moment for the entire team. He added that it was essential not to be complacent as it would be a tough season.

Norris stated he thinks the new McLaren is excellent considering the updated livery. He believes the fans are going to enjoy it, and he was excited to drive in it for the first time. 

Much work has gone into developing the car from the design and engineering teams.

His teammate, Sainz, concurred, saying he has been following the making of the MCL35 that winter and knows the level of passion and effort that has been placed into it. 

Several could consider 2020 to be a gap year between the old regulations and the new ones, but he claims that McLaren pushed the reset button after the last race at Abu Dhabi, and they have been working on trying and improving every detail of the vehicle.

The MCL35 is going to build on the success of the MCL34 that brought the team their first podium appearance since 2014. 

Both Sainz and Norris assisted the team in claiming their best constructor’s cup finish since 2012, beating Renault, which supplies their power units.

The MCL35 is significant for McLaren, considering it is the first one technical director James Key is overseeing. He started working at the team halfway through 2019 and has had a hand during the development of the new car.

The car’s worth will be assessed during preseason testing at the Circuit de Barcelona on February 19. It will be possible to note then whether McLaren has built a midfield chalenger or something which would bother the top three on the grid.

lando-4341625_640 Lando Norris Photo: Pixabay