Thursday, January 31, 2013


'under the skin it is completely different,' said Button of the MP4-28
Formula 1 team, McLaren, have began life without Lewis Hamilton by launching their new 2013 charger, the MP4-28 - a car

Jenson Button and Sergio Perez have today unveiled McLaren's latest challenger, at a glittering ceremony at the team's Woking headquarters, which they hope will fire them to Formula One glory in 2013.

Button, who begins his fourth campaign with the British team, and new-boy Perez took the wraps off the MP4-28 at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.

The launch of the new McLaren was the first without Lewis Hamilton since 2006 after the British star joined Mercedes on a three-year deal

Quite the accolade given the extensive wealth of McLaren's success over the last 50 years, with the MP4-28's unveiling showcased by a roll-call of the team's previous title-winning chargers as the team commenced celebrations of their half-century anniversary.

Hamilton will take the wraps off his challenger on Monday ahead of next week's first pre-season test in Jerez.
Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said that they haven't won enough championships
Today's unveiling in Woking sparks a flurry of Formula One launches with Ferrari and Force India to unveil their challengers on Friday before reigning world champions Red Bull lift the lid on their 2013 car from their Milton Keynes base on Sunday.

McLaren celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and they marked the occasion by parading a number of their historic models before today's launch.

Button, who turned 33 this month, admitted he is relishing the prospect of getting behind the wheel of his new machine.

 Button says the team are excited for the coming season
‘Most of the winter I have been so excited about 2013, I have felt like a 20-year-old again,’ said Button.

‘I feel the direction the car has gone in is good for my style. McLaren really listen and I would like to think I have had some involvement in the direction of the car.’

Button is hopeful that redesigned Pirelli tyres can help him with the lack of pace he suffered from on occasion last season.

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