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Can McLaren's evolutionary-but-innovative MCL38 deliver Norris' first F1 win?

McLaren made significant strides towards the front in 2023, and there are great expectations on its new MCL38 to continue that trend. But there are many questions to be answered before considering whether it can take on Red Bull at the top in Formula 1, not least some typical launch-spec obfuscations

McLaren's rocket-like ascent through the 2023 order once it acquired its mid-season upgrade jetpack took the team from Formula 1's midfield mire into the fight for regular points and podia, adding a flash of excitement to the second half of the year. Now, the goalposts have shifted for 2024, and the Woking squad will have the weight of expectation laid upon its shoulders in its aims to reel in the Red Bull squad.

That's no easy task by any stretch of the imagination. As the team progresses from its MCL60 to its new MCL38, it will need to build upon the foundations that it laid last season, and strengthen its position as a realistic contender rather than fall back behind the other outfits chomping at the bit to slay the rampant Bull at the top of the mountain.

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