A dynamic new orange-and-black livery is a throwback to the glory days, but can a revamped Honda convince Fernando Alonso?
WHAT’S NEW ? As executive director, Zak Brown knows he must stamp his mark on this underperforming grandee team. Much depends on engine partner Honda, though, who have an all-new PU for this third year. Hopes are high for Belgian hotshot Stoffel Vandoorne, who should keep Fernando Alonso honest, particularly in qualifying.
F1 RA CING’S VERDICT Forget beating Force India – a win must be the target. If such a leap cannot be taken, Alonso’s reserves of patience will surely run out.
TEAM DETAILS Name McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team Address McLaren Technology Centre, Chertsey Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4YH, UK Chassis MCL32 Engine Honda RA617H Website mclaren.com Twitter @McLarenF1
KEY PERSONNEL Executive director Zak Brown Chief operating officer Jonathan Neale Racing director Eric Boullier Operations director Simon Roberts Chief technical officer Tim Goss
TEAM HISTORY Founded 1963 First GP Monaco 1966 Races started 801 Wins 182 Poles 155 Fastest laps 153 Points 5,116.5 Drivers’ titles 12 Constructors’ titles 8