McLaren has announced its 2019 Challenger, the MCL34, and a new driver line-up for the new season. The drivers representing McLaren Racing in the 2019 campaign are ex-Renault F1 driver Carlos Sainz and the rookie Lando Norris. It is the first time in 12 years that McLaren had a brand new driver pairing.
MCL34 catapults a Recovery season for McLaren
The concept and design process of the 2019 McLaren MCL34, powered by the Renault E-Tech 19 engine, focuses on laying the foundations for development of the car throughout the season.
In looks, the MCL34 livery continues to sport the McLaren papaya orange, echoing the color chosen by Bruce McLaren for the team’s first Formula 1 Grand Prix entry in 1966. This year’s scheme is a progression from 2018, featuring a complementary blue that nods to the team’s broader racing heritage.
The MCL34 will make its on-track debut during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, from 18-21 February & 26 February – 1 March. Sainz and Norris will share the driving duties across both tests.
Sainz will start his fifth season in F1. “I’ve been especially focused on my preparations this winter. We know the big task ahead of us and we first need to evaluate where we are after the tests. From there onwards, I can’t wait to start racing and keep pushing forward together,” said Sainz.
On embarking his rookie season in F1, Norris is evidently pumped to start his debut campaign. “It’s been my dream to get to Formula 1 since I was a kid. I gained useful experience behind the wheel during practice sessions in 2018, and now I’m really looking forward to making my race debut with McLaren.”
Catch the McLaren drivers in action at the upcoming pre-season trials in Barcelona.