In the presence of CEO Zak Brown and new Team Principal Andrea Stella, McLaren debuted the car that Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri will drive in the 2023 F1 season, the MCL37. The presentation of the new single seater will take place on February 13.
In anticipation of the planned presentation in three weeks, the first “beat” of the heart of Woking’s new seat for the 2023 world championship, the MCL37, was shown in the theater of the McLaren Technology Center.
The first launch of the Mercedes Electric Unit was completed in front of mechanics and engineers, executing the now famous fire that was also attended by CEO Zak Brown, the new Team Principal Andrea Stella and the drivers.
Starting the engine for the first time is always a special and special moment for the team, the culmination of months of work behind the scenes to ensure that all the various systems, such as electrical and hydraulics, are working properly before testing begins.
The Woking team’s new weapon will be unveiled on 13 February, the same day Aston Martin will unveil its AMR23.
For McLaren, 2023 will represent a year of change, both in terms of management and in terms of drivers. It will be the first season for Andrea Stella to lead the team, who has been called to take the position of Team Principal to replace Andreas Seidl who has moved to Sauber where he will take the position of Chief Executive Officer. .
Since his arrival in 2015 with Fernando Alonso, Stella has been able to climb the internal ladder, first moving from track engineer to track operations manager, then trying his hand at the position of CEO and finally Team Principal.
On the driver side, following the departure of Daniel Ricciardo a year before the normal end of the contract, McLaren has chosen to focus on the highly anticipated rookie, Oscar Piastri, the champion of Formula 2 in 2021. A bet that the Australian expects to pay off. off the line, aiming for a solid first season and a high-point finish. Alongside him will be the proven Lando Norris, now in his fifth year with the England team.