The Woking outfit are the third team to reveal a launch date so far, with Aston Martin opting for February 10 and Ferrari naming February 17.
The three dates announced so far suggest that the teams involved are planning to hold ‘filming days’ ahead of the start of official testing in Barcelona on February 23.
Unusually, McLaren is due to launch the 2022 programs of its four teams at the same event, with its IndyCar, Extreme E and Shadow Esports projects. The company recently acquired a majority stake in the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team.
The event will be streamed and also shown live on Sky Sports F1.
In a column on the team’s website, McLaren CEO Zak Brown indicated that 2022 will be a big year for the organization.
“Built on six decades of heritage, McLaren enters the new season with our racing credentials backed by careful planning and strategic investment,” he said.
“In F1, we will soon be unveiling our new car, built to reflect the significant changes in technical regulations.
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL35M mule
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“We have acquired the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team and we will also be innovating in electric technology through our brand new Extreme E programme. For many reasons everyone at McLaren is excited about the opportunities that arise this year.
“The last two seasons have been difficult for everyone due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only from a human point of view but also economically and logistically. We have adapted to overcome the difficulties that have affected everyone around the world.
“But as we prepare for the season ahead, we are confident that throughout the various leagues we compete in, promoters, regulators and our own partners and people will face every challenge with courage and the determination to succeed.”
Brown is optimistic about the team’s prospects for F1 this year, which will feature a record 23 races.
“We head into the new Formula 1 season with a clear objective to build on the foundations of our recent progress,” he noted.
“Over the past three years McLaren have been in their best form for over a decade. In 2021 we finished fourth in the FIA Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship, having amassed 275 points, just 48.5 points from third place and comfortably ahead of fifth.
“But we are still at the beginning of our journey to return to the front. We remain ambitious and determined but realistic.