McLaren have revealed that their 2017 challenger will be unveiled on 24th February, three days prior to the start of pre-season testing in Barcelona.
McLaren became the fifth team to announce their car launch date, which will occur on the same day as the launch of Ferrari’s 2017 car at Fiorano.
The news came from their social media channels, which showed an image of the launch date in orange text over a dark background, resulting in fans hypothesising about the chosen livery, the design of which has been hyped up by CEO Zak Brown in recent weeks.
The Woking-based team will participate the 2017 season with Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, who was promoted from reserve driver following Jenson Button’s retirement at the end of 2016.
Confirmed launch dates:
- Renault – 21st February
- Force India – 22nd February
- Mercedes – 23rd February
- Ferrari – 24th February
- McLaren – 24th February
Two pre-season tests will be run at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain. The first will be from 27th February – 2nd March, with the second test being held from 7th – 10th March.
The clock is ticking… and the countdown to our 2017 car launch on Friday February 24th begins. pic.twitter.com/5qNSqfVLtw
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) January 16, 2017