McLaren launches new MP4-28 in Woking
31 January 2013 – McLaren unveiled its new MP4-28 chassis in Woking on Thursday. The car, which will be driven by Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez during the outfit's 50th anniversary year, features many hidden changes from its multiple race-winning predecessor.
Before the covers were pulled off the new design, there was a special tribute to some of the team's most iconic creations. Button, Pérez and other drivers within the McLaren family piloted cars from the past around the lake of the technology centre, before navigating their way through the doors to pull up in front of the gathered media.
Although the new car is similar to the MP4-27 at first glance, those in charge have insisted that it is 'massively different' on the inside, with a range of tweaks being made in a bid to bring the famous guise its first world title since 2008.
"The launch of a new Formula 1 car is always an exciting and slightly nerve-wracking occasion," said Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh. "Today’s parade of some of our greatest and most significant cars was a thrilling way to kick off our 50th anniversary celebrations and also our 2013 campaign – but it’s a reminder of the tremendous responsibility everyone within the McLaren Technology Centre shares to uphold the legacy began by Bruce McLaren and taken on by Teddy Mayer and Ron Dennis."
McLaren's pre-season testing programme begins at the Circuito de Jerez next week, with Button set to get behind the wheel of the MP4-28 on the opening two days.
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Whitmarsh: Lowe to remain at McLaren
'New tyres should suit my style' - Button