McLaren’s new F1 car hits the track for the first time in Bahrain
McLaren's new F1 car, the MCL35M, hit the track for the first time on Friday during a pre-season test in Bahrain. The car, which features a Mercedes engine for the first time in seven years, was driven by Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo.
The new car has been eagerly awaited by fans and experts alike, who are keen to see how the team will perform this season. McLaren had a successful 2020 campaign, finishing third in the constructors' championship, and they will be hoping to build on that success this year.
The MCL35M has undergone significant changes from last year's model, with the switch to a Mercedes engine being the most notable. The team has also made changes to the aerodynamics of the car, with a new front wing and nose design.
After a difficult pre-season testing in 2020, McLaren will be hoping for a smoother ride this year. The team's new driver, Ricciardo, will be looking to make an impact in his first season with the team, while Norris will be aiming to build on his impressive 2020 performances.
The first day of testing went well for McLaren, with both drivers completing a good number of laps and reporting positive feedback on the new car. The team will now be looking to build on this momentum as they prepare for the start of the season in Bahrain on March 28th.