McLaren has launched its Renault-powered 2018 car – the MCL33 – ahead of a filming day in Spain.
The new car features a much-changed livery from last season, switching to the iconic Papaya Orange it ran early in its F1 history, with additions of blue front and rear wings making it similar to last year’s Indy 500 color scheme raced by Fernando Alonso.
While uncompetitive in partnership with Honda, McLaren was confident in last year’s car concept and so has continued along similar lines with its latest chassis, with the team stating “much of the work on the MCL33 has been around optimizing the packaging of the new Renault engine, and the incorporation of the new halo device.”
McLaren will shake the car down during a filming day in Navarra in Spain on Friday before the start of pre-season testing in Barcelona on Monday, with the team acknowledging the importance of the MCL33 as the first car of a new era.
“The MCL33 represents a fresh chapter for McLaren – one that clearly embraces our evocative history while also serving to guide our future,” said Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, the McLaren Group executive chairman and executive committee principal. “We may have faced a tricky last few years, but this team has demonstrated time and time again that it emerges stronger from each and every challenge.
“And, for 2018, it’s not merely the color of the car that marks the change: there’s a determination and commitment that exists within everyone who works at McLaren, and we’re fighting stronger than ever to return to the front.
“I also want to acknowledge the loyal support of our long-standing partners including Chandon, NTT Communications, Hilton, Richard Mille, Norton Rose Fulbright, SAP and all our official partners and suppliers.
“We have strong leadership, hugely experienced and talented people, new partners, and motivated, exciting racers behind the wheel. We are ready to race.”
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