McLaren planning big Melbourne upgrade

Date published: February 21 2018

The covers have not even come off the MCL33 yet, but McLaren are hoping to introduce a “substantial” upgrade for the season opener in Melbourne next month.

McLaren have dropped a number of teaser trailers which suggest a return to a papaya orange livery is on the cards for 2018.

But while that has been a main focus of their 2018 launch, the Woking team have been working hard to ensure the car is armed with an early upgrade package to take to the Australian Grand Prix.

“We have tried to develop the car as we have done for the last three years,” Prodromou said in relation to the car design. “We’ve tried to develop it in an evolutionary fashion.

“I think you can expect to see something quite similar conceptually for launch – and then in truth we have spent the last two to three months focusing on a race one upgrade.

“That is where the major focus has been and still is – to try to deliver a decent upgrade both aerodynamically and mechanically and try to put our best foot forward for Melbourne.”

“We very much hope and expect that the car will feel from the off quite similar to how it felt at the end of last year and perform quite similarly.

“Hopefully we’ve taken a step forwards and then we will try to do something a bit more substantial for Melbourne.”

McLaren will launch the MCL33 on Friday.