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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