On Friday, McLaren unveiled the Renault-powered MCL33, which sees the team return back to its iconic ‘papaya’ orange of its early days in F1. McLaren expecting it helps reverse recent fortunes having failed to finish higher than sixth in the championship in its three seasons with Honda power.
The McLaren speedy Fernando Alonso is excited about the new car’s potential he is rejecting to get carried away until he has seen it on track.
“My winter has felt somewhat shorter than usual, as I’ve already been in the cockpit for a 24-hour race, and several sports car tests! That said, I’m really looking forward to getting behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car for the first time in three months.
“Looking at our new car, I feel incredibly excited – but also apprehensive. 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. The car certainly looks very neat and well thought-out, and I think the new colour looks really great; really eye-catching.
“I just want to get behind the wheel now!”