McLaren is the first team to reveal their 2021 Formula 1 car, unveiling its first Mercedes-powered design since 2014.
After an abrupt split with Honda and a brief revival with Renault, McLaren has returned to its engine supplier of old, and arguably the most superior power unit on the current grid.
The team has been made to spend several development tokens over the off-season to accommodate the new motor to what is essentially a reworked 2020 chassis.
Papaya orange remains the colour of choice, with blue splashed on the front and rear wings, and the sidepods.
Daniel Ricciardo joins the Woking outfit for the new season, replacing Ferrari-bound Carlos Sainz. He joins Lando Norris in one of the most anticipated driver pairings for 2021.
The new car, named the MCL35M, will look to slim the margin to Mercedes and Red Bull. McLaren finished third in the constructor standings last year and was often capable of challenging for podiums frequently.
“We’re thrilled to launch our 2021 team with Lando and Daniel, as we prepare to get the Formula 1 season started,” said McLaren CEO Zak Brown.
“We’ve got an incredibly exciting driver line-up this year, both are formidable racers on-track and great characters off-track.
“Lando is a naturally fast and intelligent racer on an exciting trajectory. Daniel is a multiple Grand Prix winner with a sharp racer’s edge and exceptional talent.
“After a challenging but rewarding 2020, we have firmly hit the reset button for this season as we continue on our path towards the front of the grid.
“This will be an even tougher season but we’re ready to meet the challenge.”
AlphaTauri is scheduled to be the next team to unveil its 2021 challenger on Friday, February 19.