Invictus Racing League – Off Track – McLaren MCL34 Car Launch

The McLaren #MCL34 on show for the first time.



In a section we call Invictus – Off Track, we look to highlight some of the awesome things that our members get up to away from Invictus.

Today we look at multi-race winner, league admin and commentator Alan Sabatino (Sab7786).

To all that follow Sab on social media will know of his love for the famous Formula One manufacture McLaren. Sab has been a part of an exclusive McLaren members club that is associated with Papaya+, which allows him the opportunity to get up, close and personal with the workings of the McLaren team. Whether that be paddock visits, exclusive merchandise or special outings, the Papaya+ team are always very well looked after by the Woking based outfit.

Sab has followed McLaren through the years across several races, with tracks like Melbourne, Hungaroring and Silverstone under his belt, he is a devout fan through thick and thin.

Last week, he was given the opportunity to visit the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in Woking, Surrey with his membership group, and invited to see the launch of the new McLaren MCL34 on February 13/14th.

After a tour of some of the MTC, time to see and take photos of the array of legendary McLaren cars on show, the group were then treated to a huge surprise! That they would be some of the first people to see the new car in its 2019 livery.

They were joined at the reveal by none other than driver’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris, the two drivers answered questions and engaged in a photo shoot with the team and left everyone, including Sab speechless at how lucky they were.

Below are a few photo’s from the day, and I am sure we are all incredibly jealous of the opportunity Sab was extended.

We can’t wait to see more from this years McLaren, and in a very smart papaya and electric blue livery, it is sure to be one of the smartest looking cars on the 2019 grid and a favourite of driver’s when F1 2019 is released.


Say Cheese! Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris pose for photos with the Papaya+ VIP crew.
(Sab – back row, 3rd from left)


Many thanks to Sab for providing photos from his time at the MTC, you can follow him on Twitter here @AlanSabatino for extended highlights of his visit and his exploits following McLaren, including his upcoming visit to the Australian Grand Prix.

If you are a member at Invictus Racing League and you visit any kind of racing, on the track yourself or are lucky enough to attend a Grand Prix this season, let us know! Drop a PM to either Craig or Gareth and you can get your story told!


Gareth Hall

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