McLaren has confirmed it will launch its 2016 Formula 1 contender on February 21st, the day before pre-season testing gets underway in Spain.

The team will enter into the second season of its revived collaboration with Honda looking to bounce back from a dismal 2015 campaign headlined persistent reliability problems and an underpowered power unit.

Suffering its worst season since 1980 as it laboured to ninth in the constructors' standings, McLaren-Honda will nonetheless persevere with the same driver line-up of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, with Stoffel Vandoorne assuming reserve driver duties.

The car, which will be dubbed MP4-31, will be revealed on the 21st February, a day before the car is likely to roll out on track for the first of eight pre-season test days around the Circuit de Catalunya.

Before that though, Vandoorne will drive the 2015-specification MP4-30 at Paul Ricard next week as part of Pirelli's two-day wet weather tyre test.