“It’s really nice to see a McLaren looking like a proper McLaren” – Stoffel Vandoorne

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Stoffel Vandoorne has said he is happy to see “a proper McLaren” following the launch of the MCL32 earlier today at the McLaren HQ.

Speaking at the event, the newly promoted McLaren Honda Formula One Team driver admired the blend of old and new that is depicted by the new orange livery. He also paid special attention to its finer details, undoubtedly the evidence of many hours of work.

It’s really nice to see a McLaren looking like a proper McLaren,” he said.  “The livery is a great mix of the past and the future: the orange of the 1960s and ’70s, but pushed forwards. I really like it.

“As for the car itself, it looks great. There are so many beautiful little details – the gills on the nose hangers, the bargeboards, the front wing – it all looks incredibly well finished and thoroughly thought-out.”

The former McLaren Young Driver Programme graduate and McLaren Honda reserve driver went on to state that he had devoted the winter period to improving his fitness in anticipation of the demanding season ahead, intent on making the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

This is the moment I’ve been waiting for my whole life. My preparation has been long, intense and meticulous. I’ve spent the winter training ferociously hard, I’m fitter now than I’ve ever been, and I’m raring to get going. This is my opportunity. And I’m ready.”