January 31, 2013 by thedavidryan
McLaren reveal their MP4-28
Another day, another eagerly anticipated new Formula One car has been unveiled. This time it was the turn of Woking based outfit Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, who unveiled their new MP4-28 to the worlds press and to millions live on YouTube from the McLaren Technology Centre.
Life without Lewis Hamilton at McLaren has begun, as not only did Vodafone McLaren Mercedes show off their new MP4-28 racing car, but they also had the first opportunity to showcase their new driver line-up of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez, both decked out in full Vodafone McLaren Mercedes colours. McLaren celebrates its 50th birthday this year, and they marked the event by displaying a number of their notable models before today’s MP4-28 reveal.
At first glance the MP4-28 looked almost identical to last year’s model, in 2012 McLaren were the only team to develop a prettier alternative to the ugly step nose that other cars introduced, due to FIA safety guidelines, and the MP4-28 once again opts for the more aesthetically pleasing smooth front nose. Despite the MP4-28’s visual similarities to the 2012 model, Jenson Button was quick to state that despite having the same colour scheme as last year, the 2013 model is a completely different machine under that legendary McLaren paintjob.
Button also went on to say: ‘It has been an exciting few weeks in terms of building the car and finally seeing it as one last night. You go into this season aiming to win the world championship and that’s what we are aiming to do. We are really excited.’
The wide eyed new boy Sergio Perez was flanked by the veteran driver Jenson Button, who begins his fourth campaign with the British team, as the debutant discussed his aspirations for the forthcoming Formula One season.
‘I want to win the championship. That is my target. It is a very big target, but I want to work well with Jenson. We can work together.’
Perez continued: ‘It is a great moment for all of us. It is amazing to see my name on it. As Jenson said the cars may look similar but it is a big project and the people here have worked day and night for it.
When asked about his first few months at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Perez said: “Amazing, very busy couple of months, it’s hard to believe I’m part of this family”
McLaren ended the 2012 season in third place in the constructors’ championship following Red Bull and Ferrari, despite scoring as many victories as the world champion team with seven race wins.
This latest F1 unveiling sparks a spell of Formula One launches with Ferrari and Force India to reveal their 2013 challengers on Friday prior to reigning world champions Red Bull making public their 2013 car from their Milton Keynes base on Sunday.