McLaren has unveiled its new MCL32, the first car to be produced since the departure of Ron Dennis. The team clearly wants to change the image of the team with a new dramatic new orange and black livery, designed to reflect the team’s long and glorious F1 history.
The car follows in the evolutionary footsteps of its two immediate predecessors, MP4-30 and MP4-31, but it has been redesigned in every area as the designers have worked with the new aerodynamic regulations. The RA617H engine has been thoroughly revised by the Honda engineers.
“At McLaren-Honda, we’re fully focused on returning our team to the top step of the podium,” said Mohammed Bin Essa Al Khalifa, the Executive Committee Principal. “It is a task we view as a multi-year project that requires thorough strategic planning and execution. Having analysed our corporate culture and structure with great care and attention, and having consequently made important improvements, we’re now confident that all the building blocks are in place, and that we now have the expertise, the experience, the energy and the enthusiasm successfully to make the journey back to the front. We knew changes were required – and, now, with Zak [Brown], Jonathan [Neale] and Eric [Boullier], and of course our drivers Fernando [Alonso] and Stoffel [Vandoorne], backed by a superb team of men and women in both Woking [UK] and Sakura [Japan], we’re fully equipped to tackle this year’s exciting changes to the Formula 1 regulations.”
Fernando Alonso says that he will think about his future in F1 only after the summer break.