Published: Sat, February 15, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

McLaren Unveils MCL35 For 2020 Formula 1 Championship

McLaren Unveils MCL35 For 2020 Formula 1 Championship

McLaren have revealed their vehicle for 2020 as they look to build on a strong 2019 season.

Britain's most successful team has spent much of recent F1 history in turmoil, but they finished fourth in the constructors' championship last year, with Norris' team-mate Carlos Sainz recording McLaren's first podium in five years at last season's chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix.

New racing vehicle will be called MCL35.

Team principal Andreas Seidl expressed optimism for the campaign ahead but said: "It's important to not get carried away with what we achieved a year ago, which was great".

"It's a lot more my vehicle, we've had the input into making this, so it feels a lot more like my baby", added the 20-year-old. I am very happy with development.

"But for me it is simply important to focus on ourselves: we definitely want to take the next step as a team in terms of vehicle performance, but also in terms of how we care about competing and how we run on race weekends".

There were also more changes behind the scenes, and the MCL35 is the first auto designed under the leadership of the highly qualified technical director James Key.

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Norris, a rookie previous year as Britain's youngest F1 driver, and Spaniard Sainz both liked what they saw as the Renault-powered papaya and blue vehicle was pushed out at the Woking factory. "Now, I am a lot more confident, more relaxed, and that prepares me for the season ahead".

"If I think back to this point previous year, I was pooping myself".

Watch McLaren take the wraps off its 2020 Formula 1 challenger live on Autosport.

However, team boss Andreas Seidl has urged caution, acknowledging that while McLaren has taken a step forward with the 2020 auto, so will the team's rivals. "Everything we went through past year, all our comments and discussions between us as drivers has been put into this and based around that".

"I am firmly staying in the UK", Norris said at his team's 2020 launch on Thursday. I'm looking forward to going on track again.

"I get noticed a little bit more but I am not Lewis Hamilton", added Norris, who recorded a best finish of fifth in his maiden campaign.

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