McLaren became the second team to launch their 2013 car today as they unveiled the MP4-28 in Woking.
The car that will carry the championship hopes of both 2010 World Champion Jenson Button as well as new signing Sergio Perez looks vastly similar to their 2012 MP4-27 but several changes ‘under the skin’ have been confirmed by Jenson Button. The only noticeable difference visually is the addition of the pull-rod suspension, similar to the one used by Ferrari last year.
Jenson Button was bullish about his teams chances in 2013 and is already talking up his chances for the year.
“This year’s car is the best we’ve ever made,” he said. “I know the engineers have left absolutely no stone unturned in wringing every ounce of performance from every available area. I cannot wait to get behind the wheel and attempt to carry forward the incredible legacy that lives beneath the skin of every single man and woman who works at McLaren.”
“We were extremely strong throughout the whole of the 2012 season, but, for one reason or another, we couldn’t quite pull it all together to challenge for the championships. That’s something we want to address for 2013. I’ve seen just how closely everybody has been working together on this car, and I think we’ve got the basis for a very strong season.”
Sergio Perez was also in an excited mood ahead of his first season in a race winning team.
“For me, this is a great day,” he said. “In fact, every day this year has been great: I’ve been working hard with my new team to get everything ready for the start of the 2013 season – and it’s been an incredible journey to get to know this incredible organisation.”
“I’m incredibly proud to be a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver. Seeing such famous cars brought to life today, and knowing that I’m driving for the team on it’s 50th anniversary – that’s such a special feeling. Of course, I am fully aware of the steep slope ahead of me: it has already been an intense couple of weeks, getting to grips with a new team, meeting my engineers and mechanics, learning new ways of working and, of course, learning all about a brand new car – something I’ll need to do with just six days of on-track testing. It’s a big challenge.”
The car was launched after an amazing display of McLaren cars that had all claimed their place in the history books, from the MP4-4 right through to Lewis Hamilton’s title winning MP4-24. Jenson Button will take to the wheel of the car at the first test starting next week.
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