McLaren has lifted the covers off its 2023 Formula 1 challenger that will be driven by Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri. The MCL60 was unveiled at the McLaren Technology Center in Woking, which celebrates 60 years since the team was founded by Bruce McLaren in 1963. Keeping the striking papaya orange and splash of blue, it appears the car will also once again have an 'exposed carbon' look which was adopted as a weight-saving technique by various teams. "We are delighted to launch our 2023 Formula One team with Lando and Oscar at the wheel as we celebrate 60-years of McLaren Racing," said Chief Executive Officer Zak Brown. "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."
Stella: Joint effort from Mercedes will enable us to move up the grid
Andrea Stella takes over as Team Principal after the departure of Andreas Seidl at the end of 2022, and he felt excited to lead the team into their 60th anniversary year. “It’s an honour to lead McLaren Racing into the team’s 60th anniversary season," he said. "We have a committed and talented group of people and we are all looking forward to taking the MCL60 racing, after the hard work and the efforts over the last months, in all areas of the team." The team still has work to do ahead of pre-season testing, but Stella believes the join efforts from gearbox and power unit supplier Mercedes will enable them to move up the grid in 2023. “Together with our colleagues at Mercedes HPP, we can take great pride of our strong collaboration in the realisation of the MCL60 and in the joined efforts to the pursuit of moving back up the grid. “We are aware we have work to do as we enter the 2023 season, but everyone in the team is totally focussed and committed to make our 60th anniversary year a special one.”