McLaren fires up the MCL34

  • 31 Jan 2019 17:32
  • comments 5
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Ahead of the 2019 Formula 1 season, McLaren has released a video in which it shows the team gathered around the MCL34 for its first fire-up. The Woking outfit will run with Renault power units once again for the 2019 campaign.

McLaren will launch the car officially to the public on February 14th at its base in Woking. It will be hoping that the season that awaits it will provide more success than 2018, as development failures saw it slipped towards the rear of the field by the end of the year.

Carlos Sainz joins after stints with Toro Rosso and Renault. The Spaniard was loaned to Renault towards the end of the 2017 season by Red Bull, but he has since left the energy drink outfit's driver programme following his switch to McLaren.

Sainz will be joined by rookie Lando Norris, who drove in a number of free practice one sessions in 2018. The Briton, who joined McLaren junior program in 2017, will be given time to adapt to his new situation as a full-time F1 driver.

"Formula 1 can be a pretty cruel environment," McLaren CEO Zak Brown told The Sun. "We need to manage expectations, not after three races, and pass judgment, which we as a sport are pretty quick to do. He will definitely be given time to develop. It is a high pressure environment and the first thing anyone does in Formula 1 is compare you to your teammate."
 

Team Date Venue
Mercedes Wednesday, February 13th Silverstone
Ferrari Friday, February 15th TBC
Red Bull TBC  
Renault Tuesday, February 12th Enstone
Haas  TBC  
McLaren Thursday, February 14th Woking
Racing Point Wednesday, February 13th Toronto
Sauber Monday, February 18th Barcelona
Toro Rosso Monday, February 11th Online
Williams TBC  

Replies (5)

Login to reply
  • blade

    Posts: 341

    Sounds beautiful, really does, I hope the whole package is better than last year, really wants to see this team back where it belongs.

    • + 0
    • Jan 31 2019 - 19:03
  • I believe! It does sound fantastic, like proper F1 sound. Why is that? Am I missing a change in regulation for next year to change the sound?

    • + 0
    • Jan 31 2019 - 21:58
    • I think there was something minor, but nothing all that worth mentioning. If the sound is better, its because Renault has gotten a better sounding engine, along with the McLaren having better aucustics to produce a neat tune. Considering how Ferrari, Renault and Honda have developed earlier, a better sound seem to imply a better engine, so it could be positive in more than one way.

      • + 0
      • Feb 1 2019 - 17:47
  • maalibu

    Posts: 16

    I hope it will be like 2009... Brawn GP - McLaren and Williams are hot in for that.
    Mostly Independent... Cant wait!

    • + 0
    • Feb 1 2019 - 12:09
  • Major Tom

    Posts: 148

    Although its nice, sound isn't power (possibly the opposite). I'm keeping my figures crossed like every other McLaren fan but I would be happier if we had a stronger driver line-up. This may sound a bit unfair (since there is plenty of unproved potential) but it seems to me to be the weakest for years.

    • + 0
    • Feb 2 2019 - 12:44

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

AU Grand Prix of Australia

Local time 

  • Friday weather-image

    Saturday weather-image

    Sunday weather-image

  • Free practice 1

    02:40 - 04:10

    Free practice 3

    04:10 - 05:10

    Race

    06:10 - 08:10

  • Free practice 2

    06:40 - 08:10

    Qualifying

    07:10 - 08:10

    Fastest lap

     

AU Grand Prix of Australia

Local time 

  • Fridayweather-image

  • Free practice 1

    02:40 - 04:10

    Free practice 2

    06:40 - 08:10

  • Saturdayweather-image

  • Free practice 3

    04:10 - 05:10

    Qualifying

    07:10 - 08:10

  • Sunday weather-image

  • Race

    06:10 - 08:10

    Fastest lap

    06:10 - 06:10

Give your opinion!

Which is your favourite 2019 livery so far?

World Championship standings

Show full world champion standings

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
15 - Mar 17
Australia
29 - Mar 31
Bahrain
12 - Apr 14
China
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan
10 - May 12
Spain
24 - May 26
Monaco
7 - Jun 9
Canada
21 - Jun 23
France
28 - Jun 30
Austria
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom
26 - Jul 28
Germany
2 - Aug 4
Hungary
30 - Sep 1
Belgium
6 - Sep 8
Italy
20 - Sep 22
Singapore
27 - Sep 29
Russian
11 - Oct 13
Japan
25 - Oct 27
Mexico
1 - Nov 3
United States of America
15 - Nov 17
Brazil
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2019

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
15 - Mar 17
Australia Albert Park
29 - Mar 31
12 - Apr 14
26 - Apr 28
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
10 - May 12
24 - May 26
Monaco Monte Carlo
7 - Jun 9
21 - Jun 23
France Paul Ricard
28 - Jun 30
Austria Red Bull Ring
12 - Jul 14
United Kingdom Silverstone
26 - Jul 28
Germany Hockenheimring
2 - Aug 4
Hungary Hungaroring
30 - Sep 1
6 - Sep 8
Italy Monza
20 - Sep 22
27 - Sep 29
Russian Sochi Autodrom
11 - Oct 13
25 - Oct 27
1 - Nov 3
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
15 - Nov 17
Brazil Interlagos
29 - Dec 1
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar