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MCLAREN MCL35M F1 RACER REVEALED FOR 2021

Posted by Matt Bell on 16th February 2021

McLaren became the first F1 team to unveil its 2021 F1 race car with the Mercedes-AMG powered McLaren MCL35M.

The car will be driven by a new driver pairing in Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris for 2021, with Daniel and Lando getting their first taste of the McLaren MCL35M during a testing session at Silverstone on February 16.

Visually, the McLaren MCL35M looks almost entirely the same as the 2020 car, thanks to a ruling by the FIA that forced teams to use modified versions of their 2020 chassis ahead of the introduction of new cars in 2022.

Underneath, though, there’s a pretty big change. McLaren announced that it would stop using the Renault power unit and instead switch pack to using Mercedes-AMG engines.

McLaren Team Principal, Andreas Seidl, said: “The entire team has worked hard over the short winter, together with our colleagues from Mercedes-AMG, to produce the MCL35M and provide a strong car for our drivers to race this year.

“This has been no small challenge, and I want to thank every member of our team, whether at the MTC or working remotely, for the massive effort they’ve put in. Lando and Daniel will, I know, do their very best to represent the team out on track.”

The F1 2021 pre-season testing will take place at Bahrain International Circuit on March 12-14, with the start of the F1 season coming on March 28 at Bahrain.