Team McLaren have disclosed that they will be launching their 2017 Formula 1 challenger on 24 February, the same day as rivals Ferrari unveil their new car.
Moreover, McLaren will unveil the Honda-powered MP4-32.
Fun Fact: P4 represents the initials of Ron Dennis’ Project Four Formula 2 team he managed before becoming McLaren chief.
But Ron Dennis stepped down as the team’s chairman and chief executive last year. Consequently, it is forecasted that the P4 may be dropped.
The team will showcase their new car along with driver line-up of Fernando Alonso and rookie Stoffel Vandoorne at the team’s MTC headquarters.
Meanwhile, the team has hinted a new look of the car, but when asked if a return to orange was on the menu they said that it is too early to reveal details of their new car’s colouration, but people can expect to see something a bit different.
Many teams have already gone through the mandatory FIA crash tests even the latest American F1 team Haas have recently passed it. Consequently, when asked what is the situation with McLaren regarding the tests they only said that Crash tests are ongoing.
Last year McLaren had 24-year-old Vandoorne as their reserve driver. Moreover, he drove in the Bahrain Grand Prix when Fernando Alonso met a big crash in Melbourne.
McLaren, Formula One’ second most successful team, are without a world championship title since Lewis Hamilton won it in 2008. Also, they have not stood on the podium since their reunification with Honda in 2015.