Fans of McLaren will be able to watch the launch of the team’s new car live on social media.
The team announced last week that they will depart from their traditional chassis designations which have seen over thirty years of ‘MP4’ cars. This is due to the departure of long time boss Ron Dennis, with Zak Brown taking over the reins of the company.
With the team seemingly intent on delineating this fresh start, the 2017 car will be called the ‘MCL32’, and has been rumored as featuring an all new livery design. As usual, the colour orange has been mentioned – due to the original 60s McLarens racing in the colour.
Regardless of what colour it’s painted, the new car will be revealed on February 24th, and the team say they will stream the launch live on social media.
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) February 7, 2017
The team continue to be powered by Honda, entering their third season re-united with the Japanese manufacturer. Jenson Button has departed his racing seat to take a sabbatical, mooted to be a proper F1 retirement, and has been replaced by 2015 GP2 Champion Stoffel Vandoorne. The Belgian driver made his debut replacing the injured Fernando Alonso at the 2016 Bahrain GP, scoring a point. Alonso remains for another season.