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McLaren F1 launch: McLaren latest to unveil new F1 car MP4-31

McLaren-Honda unveils the MP4-31, a car it firmly believes will see it return to form in 2016 after its sobering season last year.
McLaren-Honda is the latest F1 squad to announce its 2016 car, the MP4-31, which retains a near-identical livery to the updated version from last year.

A crucial car for the Woking-based team after its much vaunted collaboration with Honda, which returned to F1 as an engine supplier in 2015, yielded McLaren's worst season since 1980.

Indeed, the Honda power unit - which struggled with both reliability and performance last year - remains the key focus for the team as engineers persevere with the 'size zero' concept that it feels will prove beneficial in time.

Despite the sobering season, McLaren CEO Ron Dennis remains convinced the the team is due a significant upswing in 2016 to justify the commitments it has made.

"As we embark on the second year of our renewed McLaren-Honda partnership, all of us remain united in our purpose, he said. "That purpose is to develop our team towards our shared ambition: to win.

"We'll make no predictions as to when those wins will come, but I can say without fear of contradiction that every member of our team has worked with truly relentless dedication over the past few months.

"The result is that MP4-31's developmental trajectory has been usefully steepened over the winter, and I'm consequently very proud of our team's efforts."

Beyond the power unit, McLaren says the 'striking and innovative' MP4-31 chassis - which will once more be driven by Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso - makes good use of the engine's space-efficient engine integration.

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February 21, 2016 10:27 AM
Last Edited 203 days ago

tommytrojan1: Ah, I sure have missed my regular dose of 'RonSpeak' - but he's back with another heaping helping: ...(the) MP-31's developmental trajectory has been usefully steepened over the winter...' ...
Here's some more, published on ESPN. "We have an engineering team that has been meticulously hand-picked, restructured, guided and inspired - the blend of technical skill-sets and attitudinal mind-sets we now possess are fit-for-purpose and state-of-the-art. And, thanks to the relationships we've nurtured with a hugely impressive roster of loyal and powerful partners, our commercial position is equally robust." I'm trying to imagine Colin Chapman - or Bruce McClaren for that matter - uttering similar blather. But I can't. This sort of "attitudinal mind-set" (thanks Ron!) actually says a great deal about the entire current state of F1. Aaargh! This site balks at ordinary punctuation! Very, very annoying.

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