McLaren unveils its 2012 challenger
McLaren are the second team of the season to break cover today and there team headquarters in Woking. The Mercedes powered team aiming to return to championship-winning ways with the new MP4-27.
McLaren retain both drivers for the 2012 season in the form of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Last year was troublesome for Hamilton where Button had a very strong year that will hope to build upon.
“I’m very excited,” said Button, runner-up to Vettel in last year’s championship. “This is the moment we see how hard we have all been working. It’s a very exciting day.
“These guys have been flat out since we finished racing in 2011 on improving the car as much as they could in the simulator and I’m looking forward to getting out in it at Jerez.
“I am sure everyone is apprehensive when you start testing and I cannot wait to jump in the car.”
Red Bull dominance of last season did not allow McLaren or any other team to challenge. With the innovate designs that float across the car, it is clear to see that McLaren have been hard at work.
The innovative designs are most predominant on the side pods of the car along with the new spec lower front nose. The team are looking to end Red Bull’s run of successive titles with the MP4-27.
Hamilton added: “I think it is fantastic. It’s great to be here after a great winter. Seeing hard work going into building this car is inspiring. It is most refined-looking car we have had for some time so we are looking forward to getting back in it.”
Both Button and Hamilton were quick to thank test drivers Gary Paffett and Oliver Turvey on their contributions towards the development of the MP4-27. The two McLaren test drivers have been working on the new car for six months and are pleased with the complete chassis.
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