McLaren’s MCL35 gets its first on-track action

Jamie Woodhouse
MCL35 takes to the track for the first time.

McLaren have launched their 2020 challenger, MCL35, and it’s now being put through its paces on the track.

The Woking outfit go into the 2020 season full of positivity – last year they achieved their highest finish since 2012 with P4 in the Constructors’ Championship, while Carlos Sainz finally put McLaren back on the podium with P3 in Brazil.

Sainz continues to partner Lando Norris for this season – the pair struck up a fantastic relationship in their first campaign together last year and hope to continue that, though Norris has admitted that he wants to tone it down on social media and find a slightly more serious side.

It was Norris who did the honours of taking the MCL35 onto the track for the first time at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, soon to be the scene for the shortened two week schedule of pre-season testing.

Testing is set to get underway on Wednesday February 19 with three days of running each week this year, rather than the four days of before.

It’s designed to lower the strain on teams with a record 22-race calendar to come, if the Chinese GP is rescheduled, but the reduced schedule isn’t appealing to everyone – Daniil Kvyat definitely isn’t a fan.

Speaking at the launch of AlphaTauri’s AT01 he said: “I think soon we will just go straight from the simulator to racing.

“I’m not a big fan of it honestly, I hope we will get more testing in the future, but it’s the way it is and we will just have to be more compact with our testing and try to fit as many useful things as possible into those six days.

“To be honest because the regulations stayed quite consistent I don’t expect it to be a big problem.”

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