Meet McLaren's 2023 F1 challenger.
McLaren has pulled the covers off the MCL60, the company's challenger for the 2023 Formula 1 season. Its name marks a departure from previous naming, as the 60 is indicative of 2023 being the 60th year since McLaren was founded by namesake Bruce McLaren before his untimely passing in 1970.
McLaren may not have had the most success in recent years, but the team is the second most successful F1 team of all time, only beaten by Ferrari. This year, the team hopes to build on a foundational 2022 with the youngest driver lineup in F1 for the season in the form of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri, the latter coming in as a rookie this season where he replaces fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo.
The MCL60 will be powered by a Mercedes engine, a deal which is likely to remain in place for the next few years.
The 2023 livery retains classic McLaren elements, like papaya orange, which has been the company's signature color from the very beginning. However, blue highlights also hark back to the brand's history as a color seen on McLaren racers in the 1960s. The livery is bold and striking and the kind of thing we'd love to see replicated by MSO on a McLaren Artura.
McLaren CEO, Zak Brown, is looking forward to a strong season with the young driver pairing. "We are delighted to launch our 2023 Formula 1 team with Lando and Oscar at the wheel as we celebrate 60 years of McLaren Racing. This year's driver line-up is extremely exciting as Lando, an intelligent and confident driver with excellent pace, is joined by one of the biggest up-and-coming talents in motorsport with Oscar."
2022 was not the greatest season for McLaren as the change in aero rules didn't work in its favor, seeing the papaya racers drop from third to fifth in the Constructors' standings. But the team is eager to bounce back strong for 2023 with the leadership of a new team principal in Andrea Stella. Stella moves into the role after the departure of Andreas Seidl to Sauber (Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake).
"Under the guidance of Andrea Stella, who moved into the position of Team Principal in December 2022, we have an excellent team to spearhead the 2023 season and can look forward to seeing our young driver duo continue to grow their partnership throughout the upcoming campaign," said Brown.
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