Aaron Gillard reports on what the Woking outfit hope will be a truly competitive new car.
McLaren Formula 1 Team have set the date for their 2018 Formula 1 Challenger.
The Surrey-based team will be launching the MCL33 on the 23rd February, which will be the first McLaren to be powered by a Renault engine.
The team will be aiming for bounce back into form after three miserable years with Honda. They failed to finish in the top 5 in the constructors’ championship with the Japanese manufacturer.
McLaren posted a teaser video for the launch, showcasing the iconic McLaren 1960’s car driven by their creator, Bruce McLaren.
Speculation surrounds McLaren over what colour their car will be for 2018. Teases on the team’s social media channels indicate that the team could make a full return to papaya orange.
The #BeBrave hashtag promoted by the team symbolises the ambition from the Woking-based team, as they push to make the run back to the front of the grid.
McLaren’s last win came at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, won by Jenson Button. But the Surrey team haven’t tasted the champagne since the first race of the V6 Hybrid era, where Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button finished 2nd and 3rd at the Australian Grand Prix.
The launch location hasn’t been announced yet but is expected the launch to take place at the Circuit De Barcelona Catalunya, where testing will take place a few days after McLaren’s launch.
Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne will be hoping to make a push for the team back into the Top 10 and into the heart of the midfield against the Sahara Force India’s and Williams Racing.
The Spaniard hasn’t step on the podium since 2014 with Scuderia Ferrari or picked up a win since the Spanish Grand Prix in 2013. Alonso will also be competing in the World Endurance Championship this year, racing at the infamous 24 Hours of Le Mans.