The Mercedes powered MCL35M has roared to life, with the long awaited reunification of McLaren and Mercedes now complete.
McLaren have fired up their Mercedes powered MCL35M for the first time at the team’s Woking headquarters.
Unlike previous years, the MCL35M came alive with no complications. With CEO Zak Brown and Team Principal Andreas Seidl present to enjoy the thrum of the Mercedes engine.
After a previous partnership lasting from 1995 to 2014, McLaren and Mercedes signed a contract in 2019 which will see the team supplied with Mercedes engines until at least the 2024 Formula 1 season.
Parting ways with Mercedes and taking on Honda engines in 2015 saw nothing but disastrous results. With the once great F1 team sinking to the bottom of the constructors’ standings.
The recent pairing with Renault in 2018 brought some great results. However, the team needed to take a further step forward if they wanted to compete with the top tier teams.
With their new agreement in place, McLaren can now do just that. The return to Mercedes engines should bring with it not only increased power, but also reliability.
Under their previous 20-year-pairing, McLaren managed to score 78 grand prix victories, three Drivers’ Championships and one Constructors’ Championship.
And while those kind of results can’t be expected to be achieved immediately, it is something to look forward to.
However, the change of power units has come at a cost. McLaren have been forced to use their development tokens to construct a new chassis in order to accommodate the engine.
The end result being the team will have fairly limited car development during the 2021 F1 season compared to their rivals.