McLaren has released their 2023 challenger in a launch event taking place at the McLaren Technology Centre.
The show was hosted by Ariana Bravo and notably YouTube star Vickstar123 who took us through the past 60 years of McLaren’s history, which showed McLaren’s iconic history, which included a look at Bruce McLaren’s career.
The event also saw appearances from McLaren CEO Zak Brown, newly appointed Team Principal Andrea Stella and drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri.
Considering this is the 60th anniversary of this iconic brand there was some hope that the car would have a bold new livery for this year, but sadly there was no real difference.
They unveiled the car in an extremely cool video package which covered the most memorable moments from the team’s history and saw Piastri walking past some of the older McLaren cars to this orange light which changed him into his driver suit for this season.
The only real difference in the livery was an expansion in the amount of orange on the car with the rear wing, and the blue line on the bottom rear of the sidepod being slightly larger than last year’s livery.
Zak Brown is very excited about this season’s driver lineup:
“We are delighted to launch our 2023 Formula 1 team with Lando and Oscar at the wheel as we celebrate 60 years of McLaren Racing. This year’s driver line-up is extremely exciting as Lando, an intelligent and confident driver with excellent pace, is joined by one of the biggest up-and-coming talents in motorsport with Oscar.”
Andrea Stella knows there is still a lot of work to do going into the 2023 season:
“Together with our colleagues at Mercedes HPP, we can take great pride in our strong collaboration in the realisation of the MCL60 and in the joined efforts to the pursuit of moving back up the grid.
“We are aware we have work to do as we enter the 2023 season, but everyone in the team is totally focused and committed to making our 60th anniversary year a special one.”
Lando Norris is looking forward to getting back on track:
“The off-season has been good but I’m looking forward to getting back on track and behind the wheel of the MCL60 for the first time. The new car looks great, and everyone involved in the build has played an important role.”
Oscar Piastri, Driver is delighted about getting started at McLaren :
“I’m delighted to get started with McLaren and make my F1 debut this season. The off-season has been great for me, and I’ve been working hard to prepare for the upcoming year. The time I’ve spent at the factory and in the sim has been enjoyable and productive, and everyone in the team has been welcoming. I’ve settled in well and I’m now fully focused on getting out on track in Bahrain.
“The MCL60 is very impressive and it’s going to be a memorable year, not just for me in my rookie season but also as a team celebrating 60 years of McLaren Racing. The challenge ahead is an exciting one and I’m looking forward to driving with Lando as we work hard to pick up points throughout the season.”
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