McLaren unveils striking 2018 challenger

McLaren has revealed its much-anticipated new Formula 1® car.

The striking MCL33, which will contest the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship, marks the first time in McLaren’s 52-year history that it has run a car powered by Renault engines.

The car will race in a stunning new livery that draws its inspiration directly from the team’s iconic papaya orange and blue colour scheme that McLaren first raced in Formula 1® 50 years ago.

The MCL33 will be driven by Spain’s Fernando Alonso, the F1® double world champion entering his fourth consecutive season with McLaren, and his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne of Belgium, who is starting his second season in Formula 1®.

The engineering philosophy of the MCL33 follows the roots established by its predecessor, with data accumulated from the 2017 season feeding a range of improvements.

Much of the work on the MCL33 has been around optimising the packaging of the new Renault engine, and the incorporation of the new halo device.

“Looking at our new car, I feel incredibly excited – but also apprehensive,” Alonso said.

”I know just how important this car is to the team, and I just hope that it delivers in the way we all want it to.

“If we’re able to develop the key strengths of last year’s chassis and marry it to an improved Renault power unit, then I think we’ll be able to take a step forwards.”

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