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This is McLaren-Honda’s 2017 Formula 1 car

McLaren-Honda have unveiled their 2017 Formula 1 car in a brand new orange, black and white livery.

The new colour scheme, a change from dark grey, is a visible manifestation of a new era at McLaren following the departure of former boss Ron Dennis.

The orange reflects McLaren’s historic original racing colour, while the white is engine partner Honda’s corporate branding.

New executive director Zak Brown said the aim was “to get back to winning”.

McLaren have not won a race since 2012 and have had a disappointing time since the start of their new link-up with Honda in 2015. Last year they improved to finish sixth overall.

They have a new driver this year, with Belgian rookie Stoffel Vandoorne joining two-time champion Fernando Alonso.

Honda F1 chief Yusuka Hasegawa said the engine had been modified – made lighter, with more power and a lower centre of gravity.

“We are not making any promises but our aim is to make progress and catch up the front-runners,” he said.

Hasegawa said he hoped Honda would reach by the start of the season the engine performance level with which Mercedes ended last year but that he did not know how much progress the world champions had made over the winter.

“I heard Mercedes did a great job, which is very unfortunate,” he said. “I really hope we can close the gap on them.

“I am feeling we are not far from [where they were last year]. I think we will catch [that level up] at the beginning of the season.”

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