McLaren announces 2019 car launch date

McLaren announces 2019 car launch date
By AutoSport

03/01/2019 at 12:56

McLaren has revealed its 2019 Formula 1 car will be launched on February 14.

The team announced the date with a Valentine's Day theme, featuring two orange crash helmets inside a heart-shape, with the words "Some cars are red, others are blue. On Valentine's Day, we'll reveal ours to you".

The MCL34 will mark the beginning of a new era for the team, which embarks on life without Fernando Alonso as one of its race drivers following his decision to step away from F1 after four troubled seasons with the team.

New drivers Carlos Sainz Jr and Lando Norris will drive the MCL34 as McLaren attempts to bounce back from a season to forget in 2018 following its switch from Honda to Renault engines, which it hoped would turn its fortunes around.

However, last year's MCL33 was a fundamentally difficult car to drive, and the team struggled to identify solutions to its handling problems, which resulted in it ending the year as the ninth-fastest car on the grid on average.

F1's pre-season key dates so far

February 12 Renault launch

February 13 Racing Point launch

February 14 McLaren launch

February 15 Ferrari launch

February 18-21 First pre-season test

February 26-March 1 Second pre-season test