Feb 13, 2020

McLaren MCL35, Carlos Sainz’s car for 2020

The Spaniard attended today the launch of his new car

Woking, 13 February 2020.- McLaren Racing launched today the MCL35, Carlos Sainz’s car for the upcoming 2020 Formula One season. The Spanish driver also introduced the new helmet design he will be using this year.

Carlos was on stage for the international launch of the MCL35, which was held today at the McLaren Technology Center in Woking, United Kingdom, one week before the start of winter testing.
The Spaniard has spent a lot of time at the factory this winter working and following closely the creation of the MCL35, which is the first McLaren car designed by James Key, the new technical director of the team. Carlos worked with him in the beginning of his career.

This will be his second year with the team following an extraordinary 2019 season in which he secured the sixth place of the Drivers’ Championship and scored his maiden podium in Formula One. The goal for 2020 is to build upon the growth of the team and to close the gap to the front.

The McLaren MCL35 is the third Renault-powered car built by the Woking-based team. Since the technical rules haven’t changed, it builds upon the strengths of its predecessor and improves its weaknesses as the team led by Zak Brown aims to consolidate itself as the fourth force of the grid.

"Today is a big day for all of us! I’ve followed very closely the making of the MCL35 this winter and I know how much effort and passion we’ve put into it. Many may consider 2020 to be just a gap year between the old and the new regulations, a mere continuation of 2019 into 2021. However, at McLaren, we pushed the ‘reset’ button after the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi and we’ve worked extremely hard to try and improve every single detail of our car".

"The solid jump forward we made last season was a huge motivation but, at the same time, a strong reminder of how tight the fight continues to be in the midfield. We can’t afford to sit back in 2020 if we want to close the gap to the top. The ambition is to push myself and the team to take another step forward this season, and I’m looking forward to Barcelona testing and continuing the positive momentum we started last year".