Ah, McLaren. The team’s first season without Fernando Alonso since they rejoined Formula 1. They’ve got a fresh pair of drivers for the second season with the Renault power unit and a very Papaya Orange racecar unveiled on Valentine’s Day of all days – the MCL34.
The overall theme of the 2019 livery is quite similar to the previous season with a few new sponsors and an extra splash of blue. This year could be pivotal for McLaren who are still killing it in the road-legal supercar scene but are yet to produce results in this sport. Hopefully, their new driver lineup consisting of ex-Renault driver Carlos Sainz and F1 debutant Lando Norris along with the Renault E-Tech 19 engine can bring forth some positive middle-order results.
There were changes in the team’s pit garage but McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown stays upbeat, focussing more on improving the team and the technology than worrying about the race results. A lot of the electronics in the MCL34 are from McLaren Applied Technologies, the brake system is from Akebono and the race wheels are by Enkei. The transmission uses an electro-hydraulically operated seamless shift and epicyclic differential with multi-plate limited slip-clutch. Make of that what you will and if somebody knows what that means, let us know in the comments below.
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