McLaren has announced that the covers will be taken off their new car on February 15th.
McLaren has become the second team to officially confirm its 2021 car reveal, subsequent to Alfa Romeo revealing their plans to unveil the car on February 22nd.
McLaren’s 2021 challenger, the MCL35M, will be revealed to the world at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking during an event scheduled for 7 PM GMT on the third Monday of February.
With a new face in Daniel Ricciardo joining the team to drive alongside Lando Norris for 2021 and a change to its power unit supplier from Renault to Mercedes, McLaren is hoping that the new and developed MCL35M will draw them even closer to the dominant teams of Red Bull and Mercedes.
The transition from 2020 cars to 2021 cars initially looked to be fairly simple for all ten teams — each car was essentially going to be carried over from the previous season into the upcoming one, meaning the teams were not handed the mission of designing a mostly new car. However, the development of the Mercedes-powered MCL35M turned out to be a more challenging task for the British team compared to the rest of the field’s development processes, as a new power unit in the car meant that McLaren was forced to design a relatively new chassis to house the foreign engine.
“Whereas every other team will carry over most of its car from last year into this year, our switch to the Mercedes power unit means that’s not the case for us,” McLaren production director Piers Thynne tells Motorsport.com. “It’s driven a huge amount of change and, essentially, we’ve been building a new car. The number of new parts on the MCL35M is about the same as when we built the MCL35.”