McLaren have launched their new car – the MCL32 – in an event at their factory in Woking.
The highly anticipated MCL32 features a striking new orange, black and white livery. While upon first glance the new McLaren may appear to be more simplistic than the other 2017 cars revealed so far, a closer look at the intricate detail of the front wing suggests otherwise.
“The MCL32 follows in the evolutionary footsteps of its two immediate predecessors, MP4-30 and MP4-31, but it has been overhauled in every area as the design team has looked to capitalise on a series of new aerodynamic regulations introduced for 2017.”
Two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso is joined at the team this year by Stoffel Vandoorne. Vandoorne won the GP2 Championship in dominant fashion in 2015, and scored McLaren’s first point of the season in 2016 at the Bahrain Grand Prix when he deputised for the injured Alonso. The team finished sixth in the 2016 Constructors’ Championship, but have not finished on the podium at any Grand Prix since the beginning of 2014.
The team’s rate of development throughout the 2016 season was impressive and they’ll be hoping that Honda’s revised 2017 engine will give them the extra horsepower they need to take the challenge to the sharp end of the grid.
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After graduating from the University of Hull in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its fifth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.