The team McLaren de F1 presented the MCL35M, the car that the English will drive Lando Norris and the australian Daniel Ricciardo and with which the Woking team hopes to continue its "Way to the head of the grill" in a 2021 season that is still running "more demanding" than the previous one and in which they will have the reinforcement of an engine Mercedes.
“The MCL35M is an evolution of the 2020 car, the MCL35, and includes some aerodynamic and chassis evolutions made by the team in winter. In addition to these developments, it also has a new power unit supplied by Mercedes-AMG "McLaren noted on its website.
In addition, the team also indicated that the body of the car, which maintains the iconic orange and blue colors, "It has made subtle progress over the 2020 design."
“After a demanding as well as rewarding 2020, we have hit the reset button for this season as we continue on our way to the head of the grid. It is going to be an even more demanding season, but we are up for the challenge "stressed Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing.
The American believes that with Norris and Ricciardo, who replaces Spaniard Carlos Sainz, they have a very promising driver line-up. “They are both fantastic at the wheel and formidable guys off the track. Lando is a fast and intelligent driver by nature, and follows an exciting career, while Daniel has won several Grand Prix, is astute and has exceptional talent, "he warned.
“I am proud of our team and how we have progressed together. We still have a lot to do, but we have a great atmosphere in the team and we are becoming good competitors as we continue on our way ”Brown said.
For its part, James key, technical director, pointed out that, "Despite a fairly stable technical regulation compared to 2020, there are several significant aerodynamic changes that are important to hit."
"Every rule change presents an opportunity and the team at Woking have worked very hard in challenging conditions to maximize those opportunities." he stressed.
The engineer sees how “one of the key elements " of the MCL35M design integration of the new Mercedes power unit and praised that despite a "Limited scope to perform installations on an approved car, the team has done a great job to optimize the design work."
“Building an F-1 is never easy. These are the fastest and most technically complex cars in the world and that challenge has been heightened by the pandemic. I am immensely proud of how our incredible group of people have responded to this challenge and developed the best possible package. ", sentenced the British.
Norris said he was "really looking forward to working with the team again" in his third season. “Every time I get in the car I feel my confidence and experience grow, and that has helped me increase my performance every year. 2021 is going to be another demanding year on the track with the high competitiveness that exists, but I am only focused on running again and giving it my all "said the Englishman.
For his part, Ricciardo was "Delighted to be a McLaren driver", a team that "It has had a brutal trajectory in recent years". In addition, he assured: “I am looking forward to helping them maintain this positive momentum. I am excited and motivated to give it my all, and I think my determination to perform has only grown as I have gained more experience. I'm looking forward to starting the next chapter of my career ”.