The Spaniard feels enthusiastic and is ready to hit the track
Woking, 14 February 2019.- The McLaren MCL34 will be Carlos Sainz’s first car for the 2019 Formula 1 season. The car was unveiled today in the team’s factory in Surrey, United Kingdom.
The presentation was held at the McLaren Thought Leadership Centre, a futuristic and technological advanced auditorium built underground next to the team’s facilities. In front of the international press, Carlos paid close attention together with his teammate Lando Norris as the cover was removed from the car.
The event was broadcasted live and free-to-air through an Internet streaming set-up in the team’s YouTube channel, also through Sky Sports F1 for the British audience.
Carlos feels enthusiastic ahead of the new season. He spent a substantial part of the winter in the team’s factory in Woking, where he put under his belt numerous sessions in the simulator and meetings together with his engineers to get to know the details and characteristics of the car, and contribute to its development.
The Spaniard started to work in his new team back in November 2018, when he took the wheel of the MCL33 in the Abu Dhabi postseason tests, completing 150 laps to get to know his new family.
ABOUT THE CAR
The McLaren MCL34 is the second Renault-powered car produced by the Woking-based team. The British entity aims to strengthen its position in the midfield as part of its recovery plan.
The new single-seater includes the iconic papaya livery, just as its predecessor. It is a tribute to the history of McLaren, since it was first used back in the 1967 Can-Am season, before introducing it to the Formula 1 World Championship in 1968.
Carlos expressed his enthusiasm about the new era he faces in the pinnacle of motorsports:
"I'm really looking forward to the tests and excited to finally go racing in McLaren colours. I know everyone at the factory has been working very hard over the winter to prepare ourselves for this year, and 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, very specific simulator sessions, and extra time with the engineers to develop and align certain aspects of the car to my preferences. The factory has become my second home since I moved back to the UK and everyone in the team is moving in the same direction. 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".
Zak Brown was also optimistic about the future of the team.
"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 McLaren to competitiveness, and the MCL34 is only the start of this process".
"We have a fresh driver pairing, who together represent the new generation of Formula 1 talent, and are an integral part of the team and our collective effort to advance McLaren forward".
"The McLaren family is not only our people and our drivers, but also our superb partners and wonderful fans. 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 lows, and I'd like to thank them as we head into the 2019 season".
"As ever, we move fearlessly forward".
Carlos will test the new MCL34 in the preseason testing, which will start on February 18 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.