McLaren Unveil 2019 F1 Car – The MCL34
The week of launches and what a busy week it’s been – we’ve seen many cars and today, it was a completely new driver line-up for McLaren with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris launching the new car at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.
With winter testing now on the horizon (February 18th) it looks like we’re all set for a great start to the 2019 season with what’s expected to be a closer pack compared to previous years.
Here, you can see what both drivers had to say about their thoughts on the 2019 Formula 1 season, along with what they think of McLaren’s 2019 F1 car, the MCL34.
Carlos Sainz: “I’m really looking forward to going to the tests and really excited to finally go racing in McLaren colours – I know everyone back at the factory has been working very hard over the winter to prepare ourselves for this year – I think the team has done a fantastic job with the livery of the MCL34.”
“I’ve been especially focused on my preparations this winter – new training routines, new diet and very specific simulator sessions. Along with this, I have had extra time with the engineers to develop and align certain aspects of the car to my preferences and the factory has since become my second home – I moved back to the UK and everyone in the team is moving in the same direction.”
“We know that we have a big task ahead of us and we first need to evaluate where we are after the tests – from there, we can move onwards and I can’t wait to start racing and keep pushing forward together.”
Lando Norris: “Next step, Barcelona! Seriously! I can’t wait to get behind the wheel in testing – I’ve been working hard over the winter, preparing my step up into F1. I’ve spent a lot of the time with the team in the factory too – learning as much as I can so I can get ready for the 2019 season.”
“This has been my dream – to get into Formula 1 since I was a kid. I gained useful experience behind the wheel during my practice sessions in 2018 and now, I’m really looking forward to making my debut with McLaren. The MCL34 looks great and now – I just want to drive it.”
Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing: “The MCL34 is the result of an immense amount of hard work and dedication throughout our team – we’re all committed, motivated and united in our ambition to return to McLaren’s competitiveness.”
“The MCL34 is only the start of this progress. We have a new and fresh driver pairing who together represent the new generation of Formula 1 talent and are integral to the team and our collective effort to advance McLaren forward.”
“The McLaren family is not only our people and drivers – it’s also all of our superb partners and the wonderful fans that we have. 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 our lows – I’d like to thank them as we head into the 2019 season and as ever – we move fearlessly forward.”