McLaren is ready to charge through the 2018 Formula 1 season with its all-new race car, the MCL33. It's now powered by a Renault engine and features a more aerodynamic shape. But perhaps the most striking change on the new Formula 1 car is its rather colorful livery.
But what's with the significance of the papaya orange and blue color scheme you may ask? For those not in the know, this particular livery draws inspiration from the brand's very first race car that also had the same color scheme fifty years ago.
According to Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa, Executive Chairman and Executive Committee Principal of the McLaren Group, the MCL33 represents a fresh chapter of McLaren that embraces the history of the brand and the same time serving as their guide for the future.
“We may have faced a tricky last few years, but this team has demonstrated time and time again that it emerges stronger from each and every challenge. for 2018, it’s not merely the colour of the car that marks the change: there’s a determination and commitment that exists within everyone who works at McLaren, and we’re fighting stronger than ever to return to the front,” added Al Khalifa.
Beside the change in livery, the MCL33 also came with minor upgrades picked up from the 2017 car. Thanks to the data collected from last season, the MCL33 features a revised aero package and the addition of the new Halo safety device. McLaren also went to the trouble of optimizing the packaging of the new Renault-sourced powerplant.
Fernando Alonso is excited to get behind the wheel of the MCL33, stating that last year's chassis was great and could potentially be even better now that it has a new power unit.
“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,” said Alonso.
Fellow driver Stoffel Vandoorne, on the other hand, said that he is hoping for a more stable season with the MCL33. Having trained hard alongside Alonso all winter, Vandoorne thinks that he is ready to get back into the cockpit race.
“I’ve been training hard all winter and feel as ready as I can be to get back into the cockpit. I’m fit and focused, but I’m also relaxed, because I think we’ve had a very productive winter and have designed a very capable new car. I can’t wait to put it to the test,” added Vandoorne.
For McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier, he was impressed with the design, engineering and aerodynamic departments on delivering a new car with a new power unit in a short span of time.
“We never took the easy route or looked to shortcut a process or a solution; and the result is a car that is neat and well-resolved,” stated Boullier.