McLaren go matte with striking MCL35 car for F1 2020

Last Updated: 13/02/20 1:48pm

McLaren have revealed a striking and sleek MCL35 for the 2020 season – featuring a matte finish for the first time – as they bid to continue their F1 revival.

The famous Woking team, who with 20 championships are Formula 1’s second most successful outfit, will hope to kick on this year following their best finish of the hybrid era in 2019.

Drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris were on hand to reveal the car at the team’s glistening MTC headquarters with the team’s now re-established papaya and blue livery given a matte, rather than glossy, finish ala Red Bull and Ferrari.

“It’s important for us to not get carried away with the step we could make last year,” team boss Andreas Seidl told Sky Sports News.

“Everyone is trying to do exactly the same step we want to do. We expect again a very tough battle with all these teams that we were battling last year.

“But for me it’s simply important to focus on ourselves: we definitely want to make the next step as a team in terms of vcar performance but also in terms of how we preoare ourselves to go racing and how we execuitive the race weekends. I’m very happy with what I have seen over the winter in the progress we have made as a team.”

Zak Brown said: “We’re just getting started with our trajectory back to the front.”

Can McLaren continue impressive rebuild?

After three plagued seasons with Honda engines, McLaren took a giant step forward in their second campaign powered by Renault as they finished fourth in the standings, some way behind the Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull but comfortably ahead of their midfield rivals.

It was a year of improvement, and an impressive start to a new era as Sainz and Norris hit the ground running in their first year at McLaren – the former securing the team’s first podium since 2014 and the latter enjoying a dazzling rookie season as a teenager.

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

The aim for McLaren with the new car will be to maintain their position at the head of the midfield and make gains on the ‘big three’ ahead before the major rule changes coming in 2021.

They are switching to Mercedes engines for that season, meaning 2020 will be their final year with Renault – who are likely to be their main rivals on the track.

Watch testing live on Sky Sports F1

Formula 1’s new 2020 cars will be put through their paces for the first time in Barcelona later this month – and Sky Sports F1 will be there too with live coverage of all six days of winter testing.

Building on the successful collaboration between Sky Sports and Formula 1 in 2019, live coverage will be expanded to cover both weeks of testing for the first time and will feature all eight hours of track running each day at the Circuit de Catalunya.

The day’s action will be followed by the essential review show – The Story So Far – featuring interviews, guests, and analysis from the Sky F1 team as we build up to what promises to be a thrilling F1 2020.

Test One takes place from Wednesday February 19-Friday February 21, with Test Two following on a week later on February 26-28.

The sessions run from 8am to 12pm and then 1pm to 5pm UK time. The Story So Far will air for an hour from 5pm.

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