The McLaren team has presented its 2016 challenger, with which it hopes to bounce back from a very difficult 2015 season. McLaren have described the new car as “innovative”. The Woking-based team finished in ninth place in the constructors’ championship last year after a season full of reliability problems with the Honda engine. The Japanese manufacturer returned to the sport in 2015 after having left following the 2008 season.
Now the McLaren team featuring Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button are optimistic that several changes to the Honda engine will help turn its fortunes around in 2016. The MP4-31 also retains the very short nose ran last season. McLaren have adopted a rather aggressive “size zero” aero concept that same aero concept is back this year, with Honda’s new RA616H power unit underneath.
“As we embark on the second year of our renewed McLaren-Honda partnership, all of us remain united in our purpose,” said Ron Dennis. “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.”