McLaren Unveil New Car For 2013

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Updated: January 31, 2013

McLaren have launched their new car for the 2013 Formula 1 season which all starts in March.

It was only a few days ago that the first car was unveiled to the media and the fans from the Lotus team, which is the E21 model.

Well McLaren are now the second team to unveil their car to the media and fans.

Jenson Button removed the cover from the car with his new team mate, Sergio Perez, as his old team mate, Lewis Hamilton, is now driving for rivals, Mercedes.

The model is known as the MP4-28, as it was launched at McLaren’s team base in Woking.

As usual, the car had it’s modern colors of red and silver as it has done for many years. The model of the car hardly looked different to last year’s model but there has been huge differences inside the car.

McLaren’s car has followed Ferrari’s 2012 lead in using pull-rod front suspension which creates a lower centre of gravity. Last year’s car won 7 races and was fastest for most of the year but in Grand Prixs like Singapore, Italy and Abu Dhabi the car had problems competing in the whole length of races.

This made Hamilton to move to Mercedes.

Perez replaced Hamilton at the end of September after the 2008 world champion gave up on his team and decided to accept a contract at Mercedes.

The Mexican driver spent two seasons with Switzerland F1 team, Sauber, clinching three podium finishes in his second season (2nd Malaysia, 3rd Canada and 2nd Italy) which was enough to impress the people at McLaren.

Button ended last season with a bang by winning the last Grand Prix of 2012 in Brazil. The 2009 world champion finished the season in 5th place with three race victories (Australia, Belgian and Brazil).

It is expected that Button will be McLaren’s main man to bring home their first world championship since Hamilton’s success in 2008.

Button’s 13 years of experience in Formula 1 is the big reason why McLaren are mostly relying on the 33 year old. 2013 will be the 2009 world champion’s fourth season at McLaren.

Perez has told the media that he thinks he has a good chance of becoming the first McLaren driver to win the world championship in their first season with the team.

McLaren’s team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, reckons that the 23 year old has still got a lot to learn in Formula 1 before the start of the season. Perez hasn’t sealed a single point since he signed for McLaren back in September.

After unveiling their new modeled car for 2013 the team will be preparing for the week of testing on Tuesday 5th of February in Jerez, Spain.

 

Jamie’s view

I think this season is going to be an interesting season for McLaren.

The team haven’t won a world championship since Hamilton’s success in 2008 and haven’t won a constructors’ championship since 1998 when Mika Hakkinen became world champion.

As every start to the season McLaren’s aim is to both win the world and constructors’ championship, but in the last few seasons the car has not lived up to it’s expectations and that’s why I reckon this season is a make or break for McLaren.

Jenson Button will no doubt be the number 1 driver for McLaren this season, due to the fact that he knows what he has to do to win a world championship and the fact that Button has had 13 years of driving in Formula 1. A lot of experience.

I was very impressed with Sergio Perez last season, the fact that he sealed three podium finishes in a Sauber, which is seen as not a very competitive car in the last few seasons is very impressive from a young driver.

Some of the features in the MP4-28 follows features from last year’s Ferrari car. That sounds very positive. The reason why I think it’s good to hear is because Ferrari’s performance last season was fantastic even though they came runners up in the constructors’. Ferrari finished higher than McLaren in second place which was unexpected when it was still the preview of the 2012 season.

It could either be a successful year for McLaren or a year to forget, it sure is going to be interesting.

 

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