Stoffel Vandoorne insists his goal for this season is to push McLaren-Honda back to the front, saying that is more important than beating Fernando Alonso.
After years of waiting in the wings at McLaren, Vandoorne will step up to a race-seat this season.
The Dane is replacing Jenson Button, who stepped down at the end of the 2016.
"A very exciting time for me to be part of McLaren-Honda finally as a full-time race driver," Vandoorne said at Friday's launch of the MCL32.
"It is now been four years that I've been part of McLaren-Honda and finally I'm getting a go at it.
"It's really exciting and I'm looking forward to it."
The former GP2 Champion faces a massive task in taking on a double World Champion but is adamant that beating Alonso is not the primary objective.
"I'll try," he said, "definitely.
"But I think the focus for our team as McLaren-Honda is getting the team back to the front.
"Last two years have been a bit difficult for us but it's all about making progress and we've done that over the last two years.
"I think the focus is to work together as a team, work with the engineers and hopefully get this package back to winning."
As for the new regulations, he said: "We will have to wait and see how it goes in Barcelona but from the simulator it definitely feels like a faster car.
"They are faster than last year so it will be a challenge for the drivers especially during hotter races.
"The cornering speeds are a lot higher than last year so it will be a step up but we are prepared for that."
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