Here we are then, ladies and gentlemen: McLaren’s 2018 Formula 1 contender. A car that simply has to turn the Woking team’s fortunes around.
The big news (other than the Halo, of course) is McLaren’s move from Honda power to Renault power. In fact, McLaren tells us its the first time in its 52-year history it has run a Renault engine.
Speaking of history, the livery’s important too: the papaya orange and blue is a colour scheme first used by McLaren 50 years ago.
As with the remainder of the field, McLaren’s efforts for this year’s car have been concentrated around adapting the Halo, and packaging up that new Renault power unit. Apparently, “data accumulated from the 2017 season” has fed “a range of improvements”.
Star driver Fernando Alonso - you might know him - said: “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.”
He’s joined by Stoffel Vandoorne, who noted: “This is an important car; we all know exactly how much rests on it being successful.”