McLaren show off their 2024 F1 car

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The Woking-based McLaren team have become the latest F1 team to pull the covers off their new F1 car with the British squad showing its brand-new MCL38 just a week ahead of the official pre-season testing.

McLaren have revealed the details of its brand-new car, the MCL38 with which the team wants to continue its upward trajectory it started last year. 2023 saw the British outfit kick off its season with an uncompetitive car, but early upgrades helped the team lift its performance and significantly reduce the gap to field-leading Red Bull.

Their upgraded 2023 F1 car saw the team clinch a sprint victory in Qatar courtesy of Oscar Piastri while his team-mate Lando Norris secured seven podium finishes.

McLaren will compete in the 2024 F1 season with an unchanged driver line-up after Norris signed a contract extension with the Woking-based squad at the end of January while Piastri is set to complete his second season at the pinnacle of motorsport.

McLaren’s online presentation will be followed by a shakedown with the MCL38 at Silverstone on Wednesday.

“It’s great to see our new car in its 2024 livery on track and see the hard work and dedication of the team come together,” said McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown.

“The fantastic thing about this sport is how competitive it is, and therefore we must remain realistic as every team will have made progress in the off season. The true test of whether we’ve made steps in the right direction will be qualifying in Bahrain.

“We’re all excited to go racing again, but we know there’s a long season ahead of us and a lot of work still to do to ensure we build on the progress we made throughout 2023.”

Stella added: “Going into this year, we look to build on the momentum of last season but are realistic in the knowledge that every team will have made progress and found competitiveness for their 2024 cars.

“We now have everything in place from an infrastructure, people and culture perspective so we continue to push forward and build on the work done to get us back to front of the grid.

“Before we hit the track for competitive sessions, we have a lot of work to do, including putting the MCL38 through its paces during the Bahrain pre-season test. The team has done a good job over the winter, and we are confident we can hit the ground running, but we know we have important tasks at hand before the season starts.

“There are a number of innovations on the car, but not all the areas we want to address have been completed for our launch-spec car. Those areas now become the focus of our in-season development, which is already in progress.”

Expanding on his new car, Norris said: “I’m excited to get behind the wheel of the MCL38 and see how it runs. The livery looks great on the new car, so it’s fun to be able to get out on track today.

“I’m looking forward to shaking the car down in Bahrain. I have full confidence in the team that we’ll continue pushing forward off the back of the turnaround last season. However, the true test of our progress is coming up when we put the car through its paces in testing, ahead of then qualifying and racing for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

“Over the past few weeks, I’ve been back at the MTC putting a lot of work in on the simulator with my engineering team to ensure that we’re fully prepared ahead of next week. Thank you to everyone trackside and at the factory for their work to get us to this point. I’m excited to get to Bahrain and go racing again.”

Speaking of McLaren's new car ahead of his second season in Formula One, Piastri added: “It’s great to be able to drive the MCL38 on track for the first time today. It’s an important milestone in our development for the year and I’m excited to see it on track in its new livery.

“We won’t know where we stand in terms of competitiveness until we go racing in Bahrain, but we’ve been preparing as best as we possibly can by spending time in the simulator, working closely with everyone who’s designed, built and will run the car to ensure we’re ready to start strongly.

“I’m looking forward to the next few weeks leading into a busy year. A massive thank you to the team for everything they’ve done so far to prepare us for 2024. I’m really excited to properly kick off my second season in F1.”