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McLaren announce launch date for Renault-powered MCL33

McLaren announce launch date for Renault-powered MCL33

Formula One champions Mercedes will launch their new auto on the same day as rivals Ferrari ahead of pre-season testing next month.

The reigning drivers and constructor champions Mercedes have picked February 22 as the date they will unveil the W09 vehicle at Silverstone with world champion Lewis Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas both getting behind the wheel.

Mercedes has become the latest Formula 1 team to confirm its vehicle launch plan ahead of the 2018 season, with an official unveiling set to take place at Silverstone on February 22.

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A change of colour has been hinted at for the 2018 season, the historical papaya orange which Fernando Alonso ran at the Indy 500 for McLaren Andretti Autosport is the direction the team is set to go in.

One day later, McLaren will launch its 2018 vehicle - the MCL33 - as the team hopes to return to competitiveness with Renault power next year. Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly will drive for the team this year as it embarks on its first season with Honda power.


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