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McLaren becomes fifth team to confirm 2023 car launch

The team has confirmed their launch date for the MCL37 in February ahead of the new season.

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McLaren will launch their 2023 challenger on February 13th ahead of the new season.

The MCL37 is set to be unveiled on the same day as Aston Martin plan to reveal their AMR23, with Ferrari set to follow on 14th February and Alpine two days later.

The car will be driven by Lando Norris, who heads into his fifth season with the team, while Oscar Piastri replaces fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

There will also be a new Team Principal, with Andrea Stella replacing Andreas Seidl, who will depart to Sauber as CEO.

With five teams announcing their launch dates, it leaves the other half of the grid including Red Bull, Mercedes, Haas, Alfa Romeo, Williams yet to give a date.

Many teams opt to launch on the morning of the first winter test due to the lead times it takes to finalise and build their cars. This year it will take place between 23rd and 25th February in Bahrain - a week before the start of the season.

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