join the PlanetF1 Network
Racing the same engine as Red Bull and Renault this season, Stoffel Vandoorne says the pressure on McLaren to perform is “big.”
Although Renault had a torrid time in the latter half of last season with the reliability of their power units, McLaren are confident they’ve taken measures to resolve it.
McLaren will unveil their 2018 Renault-powered MCL33 on February 23 with Toro Rosso’s STR13 breaking covers two days later.
Ahead of what they believe will be a much improved season for the team, McLaren are poised to announce several “leaders, captains of industry, great sectors” as new partners.
Acknowledging that the Renault and Honda engines are “very different”, McLaren’s technical director Tim Goss says the team made the decision to swap “just in time.”
Former McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has been drafted in by the FIA to advise on cost control measures for Formula 1.
Nigel Mansell says he hopes Renault will be “very fair” in dealing with McLaren as they join Red Bull and Renault on the engine manufacturer’s list.
Zak Brown insists Fernando Alonso never gave McLaren any ultimatums about his future if they didn’t drop engine supplier Honda.
Fernando Alonso has lavished praise on McLaren boss Zak Brown for his vision about how F1 and motorsport in general should be run.
Amazon Prime have revealed that all episodes of the new documentary series, ‘Grand Prix Driver’, will be available to stream from February 9.
After a trying time with McLaren and Renault, Kevin Magnussen says he is finding life with Haas “more enjoyable” as there is “less negative pressure.”
Zak Brown is refusing to set any definitive targets for McLaren but expects they will be “challenging towards the front” this season.
McLaren are hoping they’ll be the standout team come 2018, both for their on-track performances and the look of their new car.
Lando Norris says winning this year’s Formula 2 championship would prove that he is ready to race against the big boys in Formula 1.
Fernando Alonso is open to having another shot at the Indianapolis 500 but says winning a third F1 World title is his “main focus and priority.”
Fernando Alonso feels United Autosports need to find more pace after finishing the second day of the Roar before the 24 pre-Daytona test down in 12th place.
Fernando Alonso has got his first laps under his belt as he prepares for the Daytona 24 Hours at the three-day practice test.
Three-time World Champion Nelson Piquet has criticised Fernando Alonso’s decision-making and believes the Spaniard has let three more titles slip away because of them.
Jenson Button says he enjoyed some of his best race wins when he had Lewis Hamilton as a team-mate at McLaren as his compatriot brought out the best in him.
Romain Grosjean thinks that a “super strong” McLaren and a fast-developing Renault both have the ability to ruffle a few feathers in the 2018 season.
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has said the team are “seriously considering” changing to a papaya orange livery next season.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has confirmed that the Silver Arrows did hold talks with McLaren over supplying them with engines – but the deal was taking too much time to complete.
Eric Boullier says Fernando Alonso felt “sad, humiliated and frustrated” when he it became clear that Honda’s engine performance deteriorated over the winter.
The ink has barely dried on their divorce papers, but McLaren would happily return to Honda in the future and race with them again.
McLaren director Zak Brown has revealed the team are not planning on announcing a title sponsor for the 2018 season.
Renault Formula 1 advisor Alain Prost has said that the McLaren deal will put “positive pressure” on the works team as they try and come out on top of the pile.
McLaren executive director Zak Brown believes Ron Dennis would also have cut his losses and ended the partnership with Honda early if he was still in charge of the team.
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has said that he feared a staff exodus at the team as their struggles with Honda continued to worsen.
Lewis Hamilton believes as many as four teams could be in contention for the titles next season with McLaren being the new dark horse.
McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris is unlikely to get any track action during grand prix weekends next season, but Eric Boullier insists he will still have a “busy life”.