McLaren have become the first Formula 1 team to launch their new car for the 2021 season as they bid to further close the gap to the front – now with Daniel Ricciardo and Mercedes engines. Revitalised in recent seasons, 2020’s third-place constructors’ finishers revealed the first glimpse of their MCL35M car in an event at their Technology Centre which also saw new star signing Ricciardo formally presented in team colours for the first time.
“Our goal is to close the gap to the front,” said team chief executive Zak Brown. “We are not focused on any one particular team or who has got what power unit. We’ve got one target in mind and that is closing the gap to the front of the field.”
“We want to get closer again to Mercedes and Red Bull because these steps are key to get back to the front again at some point in the future.” Team boss Andreas Seidl added.
“It’s a beautiful car,” said Norris. “Small improvements compared to last year in as many areas as we could. I’m excited, and the whole team are.”
“To be here at the MTC wearing the colours it feels real,” said the 31-year-old, who was surprised during the launch with some video messages from his parents and nephew in Australia,” Ricciardo said. “I was really impressed with what the team had done over the last couple of years and wanted to be a part of it.”