Formula One: Carlos Sainz declares 'love at first sight' as McLaren unveil 2019 Championship car on Valentine's Day

  • Spanish driver Carlos Sainz got into the Valentine’s Day spirit by declaring ‘love at first sight’ on Thursday as McLaren showed off their 2019 Formula One car and line-up.

  • McLaren, the once-dominant team of champions like Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, have not won a race since 2012 or a championship since Lewis Hamilton’s first in 2008

  • They finished sixth overall last year, an improvement on three years with Honda in which they plumbed the depths of disappointment

Woking: Spanish driver Carlos Sainz got into the Valentine’s Day spirit by declaring ‘love at first sight’ on Thursday as McLaren showed off their 2019 Formula One car and line-up.

 Formula One: Carlos Sainz declares love at first sight as McLaren unveil 2019 Championship car on Valentines Day

File image of Carlos Sainz. Reuters

The blue and papaya orange MCL34 car was unveiled by 34 team employees at the former champions’ Woking headquarters before Sainz and 19-year-old British rookie teammate Lando Norris stepped up to admire it.

“I like the new colours. My team mate, I’ll see in a couple of months if I like him,” joked Sainz, 24, who has joined from Renault.

The pair, replacing Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, are McLaren’s first all-new driver line-up in 12 years and former reserve Norris, 19, is the Renault-powered team’s youngest ever driver.

McLaren, the once-dominant team of champions like Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, have not won a race since 2012 or a championship since Lewis Hamilton’s first in 2008.

They finished sixth overall last year, an improvement on three years with Honda in which they plumbed the depths of disappointment.

The overall position was flattered, however, by Force India being stripped of all their points and being replaced by Racing Point, and McLaren still have a long way to go to catch the sport’s top manufacturer teams.

Former Porsche Le Mans team boss Andreas Siedl will join as managing director on 1 May.

Updated Date: Feb 14, 2019 22:20:20 IST