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McLaren-Honda MP4-31 launch date set

McLaren-Honda confirms it will reveal its 2016 F1 contender - the MP4-31 - the day before pre-season testing begins on 21st February.
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.





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CrazyHorse23

January 18, 2016 12:46 PM

The MP4-30 was clearly a good chassis, simply lacking propulsion. The MP4-31 should be an even better evolution after Macca finally started getting good data in the latter stages of 2015 and employing more of the right personnel. It's all on Honda now! Have they had enough time to sort the turbo compressor design and ERS. If they can deploy comparable electrical energy as Merc and Ferrari PUs this year and maybe improve the ICE efficiency/power as well, the McLaren-Honda partnership will be right up there in the mix. We know McLaren are one of the best at in season development, so if the PU runs well in Barcelona last season will quickly be forgotten. Fingers crossed as a neutral(ish) Brit!

Rayzerp2

January 18, 2016 4:22 PM
Last Edited 153 days ago

Somebody needs to break up the Merc/Ferrari love fest at the top....hard to see McLaren make that much of a leap to winning but you have to expect a sizable jump forward given the resources and experience of both parties



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