McLaren-Honda launches MP4-31 online

By on Sunday, February 21, 2016
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

McLaren-Honda has unveiled its 2016 challenger, the MP4-31, as it attempts to move up the Formula 1 grid after its mediocre showing in 2015.

McLaren and Honda reunited in 2015 but slumped to ninth place in the championship, as reliability woes were compounded by a lack of performance, pinned on deficiencies within the Honda power unit.

That left Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button in the unenviable position of only occasionally scrapping for points, though the pair remained committed to the project and will continue to race for the team this year.

"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," said McLaren CEO Ron Dennis.

"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.

"We remain resolute in our commitment to our goals, and we maintain an indefatigable commitment to the winning potential of a full works team.

"Believe me: the full works backing of a multinational automotive manufacturer is the only platform from which real success in modern Formula 1 can be achieved.

"As McLaren-Honda, therefore, we’ve vowed to work together, and to win together, and that determination has become further cemented as our relationship has deepened through the shared challenges we faced last year. "

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