McLaren 2017 launch: livery splits fan opinion

McLaren have unveiled their MCL32 with a radically re-designed livery as the team look to return to the front of the grid.

The team’s 2017 challenger echoes designs of yesteryear as the historic orange colouring makes a return after a 46-year absence from the McLaren racing brand.

Double World Champion Fernando Alonso has branded the new identity as ‘spectacular,’ but team boss Eric Boullier was quick to turn his attention to the perspective performance of the car.

“There’s a feeling around the factory that we’re about to turn the corner,” Boullier insisted.

Despite the enthusiasm of McLaren personnel, though, the car has not received a universally positive reception.

Some fans remain sceptical as to how competitive the package will be.

Others, meanwhile, questioned whether the radical livery was as exciting as initially anticipated.

A significant minority criticised the design for incorporating too much black alongside the orange, drawing parallels with the classic Arrows team.

However, the livery has, overall, been praised by fans as a faithful throwback, whilst still retaining a degree of originality.

Mercedes launch W08

Mercedes have unveiled their 2017 contender, the W08, as they aim for a fourth consecutive World-Championship-winning season.

The W08 will be piloted by Triple World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who returns for his fifth season with the Silver Arrows, and he branded the car ‘a powerful beast’ and ‘the most detailed piece of machinery in F1.’

Toto Wolff, however, has downplayed possibilities of Mercedes’ continued dominance.

Fully named the ‘W08 EQ Power+,’ the car interestingly does not sport a substantial fin along the rear engine cover, whereas rivals Sauber and Force India, meanwhile have done.

Hamilton will be joined by a new teammate in 27-year-old Valtteri Bottas, who claimed nine podiums in 77 starts for Williams.

The Brackley-based outfit enjoyed a landslide victory in last season’s Constructors Championship, winning 19 wins in 21 races.

2017 will mark the first season that Mercedes will be without Nico Rosberg.

The German’s absence follows his retirement from Formula 1 after clinching the World Drivers Championship last year.merc-1