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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.”