McLaren have unveiled their 2017 car, the MCL32, at their factory in Woking as the team plot a return to the front of the grid.
“It’s the engineering detail on the MCL32 that really impresses me,” team boss Eric Boullier said. “The chassis is incredibly well realised, the power unit has been significantly developed and, in Fernando and Stoffel, we have a hugely exciting driver pairing that’s already blending really well. There’s a feeling around the factory that we’re about to turn the corner.”
Much like Mercedes, it has been an off-season of change for McLaren, with the team still coming to terms with Ron Dennis’ departure at the end of 2016. As well as 2009 world Champion, and McLaren veteran Jenson Button going on sabbatical for this season. McLaren have managed to keep double world champion Fernando Alonso for 2017, however the Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season and has said he will decide in September whether to sign a new deal.
Alonso will be joined by the highly rated Belgian rookie, and former GP2 champion Stoffel Vandoorne. Vandoorne had the opportunity to race for McLaren in Bahrain last year, following Alonso’s high speed crash in Australia. The Belgian went on to score McLaren’s first point of the season with a tenth place finish. Button meanwhile has taken on a test driver role for the team for this season.
Feature Image Credit: McLaren Honda F1 Team Press Release.