At the McLaren launch on Friday

Hamilton and Kovalainen reveal the MP4-24 at last year's McLaren launch

Hamilton and Kovalainen reveal the MP4-24 at last year's McLaren launch

Of all the F1 car launches this year the McLaren launch on Friday is the one I’m most looking forward to.

Why? Because I’m going to be there – it’ll be the first F1 car launch I’ve attended.

I’ve had a talk to McLaren about what will happen on the day and wanted to get your thoughts on what you’re most interested in seeing from the event.

Anyone who struggled to find a live feed for the Mercedes livery launch yesterday will be glad to know McLaren are streaming their launch live – here’s the link for where the stream will be.

The stream will include coverage of the unveiling and of the press conference after the launch with Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Martin Whitmarsh, Jonathan Neale and Paddy Lowe.

There are many interesting changes at McLaren at the moment including their all-British, all-world champion driver line-up, the change of relationship with Mercedes and, of course, the new car.

But what are you most interested in finding out the team as they head into 2010? If you’ve got any suggestions for questions to the drivers or the top men at the team, let me know in the comments.

Oh, and I’ll keep an eye out for geej77 who won a place at the launch through the McLaren fan club – lucky thing!

A list of all confirmed launches, tests and every 2010 F1 Grand Prix session can be found on the F1 Fanatic Google Calendar

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77 comments on At the McLaren launch on Friday

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  1. Grace said on 26th January 2010, 17:46

    Can I come with you, hun? xxxx

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 26th January 2010, 17:49

      Sorry – I had a few offers over Twitter from people wanting to be cameramen/personal assistants/bodyguards but I’m afraid I’ve not got a ‘plus one’ invite :-)

      • Grace said on 26th January 2010, 17:55

        I’m tiny. I could hide in your bag.
        Or your pocket. lol

      • sato113 said on 26th January 2010, 18:08

        can you ask lewis whether he thinks alonso and massa will get on?
        he’s the best person to ask!

        • Or the worst person depending upon how you look at it :P
          Question to anyone: Mclaren will they really be building their opwn engines and when will that process start? We’ve ahd all the hints that it will happen but has there been any confirmation? They probably will build their own engine but it would be nice to see the timeline and how the eventual and full break away from Mercedes will go.

          • Del Boy said on 26th January 2010, 20:16

            Steph 90

            I can give you a scoop here. Which keith might like to confirm on Friday. Although a poorly kept secret. The MP4/12C V8 engine will be cast and built in by Ricardo in Shoreham East Sussex. It’s McLaren’s design and I understand manufacture will transfer to Woking technical centre once the new building is complete. Therefore, the logical conclusion will be that McLaren are definately going into the engine building game. A frozen F1 engine design would be relatively easy to make. Particularly as most of the design is in the regulations – i.e. no of cylinders materials, v-angle, weight and crankshaft position. Ricardo have a history of high performance engines they have built superbike engines for years and built the JCB fastest Diesel engine world record.

          • the Sri Lankan said on 26th January 2010, 22:44

            didntmclaren look into purchasing toyotas engine maufacturing equipment a while ago?

          • … and if they’re indeed building their own engine, would they try and get a B-team within the next few years, and trial-run the new engine there?

          • Getting way ahead of myself and this isn’t really a question for Mclaren yet just a thought but what about supplying other teams? Michael S makes a good point (they could also try to put any young drivers there too). But it could also change the dynamic of the grid. Manufacturers may have really been hurt and clearly it is taking a lot of time to get over but the big names of could really taking advantage, imagine Ferrari, Mercedes and Mclaren in an engine war :P Maybe engine rules will have changed by then as well.

        • what a rubbish question

          • Kevin C said on 26th January 2010, 19:40

            How is that a rubbish question?

          • Hairs said on 26th January 2010, 19:43

            On the contrary, it’s an excellent question. The breakup of McMerc is rooted in the refusal of the Sons of Ron to work on supercars as an “in house shop” for Mercedes, the way AMG is run. What happens with engine supply 4 or 5 years down the line is vital for how competitive McLaren are – don’t forget it’s largely thanks to unreliable Mercedes or Peugot power that they missed out on success in the 90’s and early 00’s. Kimi would have been a McLaren WDC apart from engine failures. So, where are McLaren going to source engines in the future? Do they really intend to build their own?

          • Thanks Del Boy for that scoop :)
            Thanks Hairs that is exactly what I’ve been thinking about :)

          • sato113 said on 26th January 2010, 22:47

            thanks theo, go join planetf1 if u dont want to contribute.

          • Chalky said on 27th January 2010, 11:32

            Which question are you referring too?

      • The_Pope said on 26th January 2010, 19:31

        Rats (though predictable enough). I live so close to the factory I could walk there on Friday! :(

    • Can I come with you, hun? xxxx


  2. Joshy said on 26th January 2010, 17:59

    Keith, stupid question really, but are you going to bring your camera to take some awesome pictures?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 26th January 2010, 18:13

      Not a stupid question. Only TV channels are allowed to do filming at the launch but there are photography services available on the day. Will have to play that one by ear a bit.

  3. James_mc said on 26th January 2010, 18:03

    Who’s going to update the site as soon as it happens? Mobile internet Keith? :-/

  4. CounterStrike said on 26th January 2010, 18:04

    Man I want your job!

  5. Perhaps ask each of the drivers how many points they think they will beat the other by?

  6. Uncle said on 26th January 2010, 18:16

    Yep, this is the BIG one.

  7. thestig84 said on 26th January 2010, 18:19

    You deserve to be going to events like this. This is the best F1 site after all!

    What percentage is this an all new car? Is it a clean sheet design or is it a bit of an evolution from the 24?
    Obviously the rules changes would mean a fair bit has to be brand new design.

    My random question would be why they went to a steering wheel dash midway through last season…always wondered after they had a proper dash for so long!!

  8. James_mc said on 26th January 2010, 18:48

    Could you ask if anyone is scared of Ron? :-)

  9. Robbert said on 26th January 2010, 18:48

    The dash on the car itself seems to be a Adrian Newey design feature (the RB5 has it now) but I agree with thestig84, ask that question.

  10. theRoswellite said on 26th January 2010, 18:50

    Have a good time Keith, I certainly think you should begin to have a carte blanche invitation to almost anything F1, that is sure to come as this site grows…very well deserved.

    You might ask Martin what design element of the car gave them the most trouble…no disclosures, just general comments.

    Oh, and can anyone disclose how this car stands relevant to the minimum weight figure, and the amount of ballast available.

    They may find these questions too revealing, but we can only try.

    Again, have fun, as we say in the US…you’re the man!

    • Dave in NZL said on 26th January 2010, 21:24

      It is my understanding that FOM still does very little to acknowledge bloggers. Unless you are in print/TV media it is very difficult to gain F1 press credentials.

      Any softening on their long term stance, Keith?

  11. megaman said on 26th January 2010, 18:57

    bit of a bland question but, i know the drivers have some input into the car design as a machine, but do they have any input into the aesthetic appearence of them?

  12. F1Fan said on 26th January 2010, 19:02

    I am wondering how many elements of the 2009 RBR McLaren has taken and designed into their car. Will you be able to tell from looking at the car during the launch event ? I would imagine for sure the double diffuser and perhaps some of the front aero parts/concepts.

    • Unless they also copy the pull-rod suspension, it’d make more sense to copy Brawn/Mercedes’ double diffuser, but perhaps copy the RBR nose, as Ferrari is supposed to have done.

  13. I can’t really think of any good questions at the moment, I suppose the main thing from car launches is seeing the new car and any new livery.

    You will only be able to come up with some questions once you have seen the car, such as if it looks like last years Red Bull, as a few of the 2010 cars are rumoured to.

    When Button signed one of the main points of discussion was about Hamilton’s and Button’s contrasting driving styles, so you could ask if this has brought about any issues and if generally how signing a new driver affects the design process overall.

  14. RDJEHV said on 26th January 2010, 19:37

    congrats Keith!
    I don’t know if you will be able to ask questions. but I have some suggestions:
    1: To what extend is having experience in running a more rearward weight distribution last year due to KERS an advantage with the new no refuelling rules?
    2: with refuelling banned and no race fuel qualifying, will fuel consumption be more or less important than last year?

  15. Icthyes said on 26th January 2010, 19:37

    Just one: Deal, or No Deal?

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