We discuss the newly-revealed McLaren MCL35M in the first of our special Formula 1 car launch episodes of The Race Formula 1 Podcast.
Former Jordan and Stewart technical director Gary Anderson and Scott Mitchell join Edd Straw to examine the clues in the launch-specification car indicating how McLaren has adapted to the Mercedes engine.
While Anderson is disappointed with how much was on show, there are some indications of what might have changed under the skin of the car and how easy it will be to get the best from the Mercedes power unit package.
There’s also a look at what would represent success for McLaren this season given the challenge it faces from Ferrari, Aston Martin, Alpine and AlphaTauri for the third place it secured last season.
And with the car scheduled to have its initial shakedown on a promotional day at Silverstone on Tuesday, with a second 100km set to take place on Thursday, Anderson explains the benefit McLaren will get by maximising its pre-testing running.