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McLaren reveal new-look papaya orange MCL33

McLaren reveal new-look papaya orange MCL33

McLaren has revealed its 2018 Formula 1 challenger three days before the first pre-season test at Barcelona, in a new papaya orange livery.

Alongside the new power units and the halo device, the most obvious difference between the MCL33 and last year's vehicle is the livery, the same Papaya Orange and blue color scheme which Bruce McLaren introduced to the sport some 50 years ago. "Even though the regulations state that the front and rear engine mounts need to be the same for every manufacturer, the layout of the engine, its architecture, is very different from before".

Swapping to Renault power for 2018 after parting ways with Honda, McLaren will run the exact same engine as Red Bull, and also Renault's works team.

"Now in winter testing we need to make sure that we optimize this package but so far I'm very happy and very optimistic, I think the team did an fantastic job in the last couple of months", added the former Renault and Ferrari driver.

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McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes the new-look auto can usher in a new era for the team.

"As a team, we have always been at our best when we are at our bravest, and I think this is another example of that indomitable spirit." .

As expected, the new McLaren is an evolution of its predecessor. As a result, much of the design of the auto has been focused around the packaging of the new engine, and redesigning the rear of the vehicle to accommodate the vastly different powerplant.

McLaren introduced the new auto with the caption: "Inspired by our history, driven by our future".

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The 20-time F1 world champions haven't won a race in the sport since 2012 - Lewis Hamilton's final year with the team - while March's season-opening Australian GP will mark the fourth anniversary of McLaren's last podium finish.

Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne continue their tenures with the Woking, England, team.

McLaren unveiled its new F1 vehicle on Friday ahead of a filming day at Navarra in Spain, with Alonso completing 50 km worth of running in the new auto before handing over to teammate Stoffel Vandoorne for the remainder of the day. "After very intense work in the factory the last few months, I'm very proud of the team". "The design, engineering and aerodynamic departments have done an incredible job delivering a new auto with a new power unit in an extremely short timeframe. We are ready to race".

The auto was then officially unveiled by McLaren ahead of a filming day in Spain.

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