McLaren MP4-25 launch today

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

McLaren's MP4-25 was revealed early online
McLaren's MP4-25 was revealed early online

I’m heading to Vodafone’s headquarters today for the launch of McLaren’s 2010 F1 car, the MP4-25.

I intend to post updates from there throughout the day and McLaren are also broadcasting the launch online.

You can watch the McLaren launch live here.

The timetable for the launch is as follows (UK time):

11:00 – MP4-25 revealed
11:30 – Martin Whitmarsh, Jonathan Neale and Paddy Lowe press conference
12:00 – Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton press conference

I’ll do my best to add updates from the launch here and on Twitter but as this is the first time I’ve been to a launch like this I can’t say exactly how it’s going to work.

We’ve already had lots of suggestions for questions to ask at the launch – if you’ve got any ideas or thoughts on the launch please post them below.

Update: McLaren have asked fans talking about the launch on Twitter to use the hashtag #MP425. Tweets using that tag will be displayed on a special Twitter wall at the McLaren Technology Centre. I can imagine a few people wanting to have some mischief with that so I hope McLaren have got filters in place. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter.

Update 2: Some early pictures of the car have appeared already – see the comments for more.

McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 launch pictures

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  1. What a great stream, thanks so much, loving this!

  2. McLaren streaming works, while Ferrari didn’t…
    Promising start for Witmarsh team.

  3. All wearing the same slate grey suits with white shirt, top button undone. Blimey – not much room for self expression. Still very Ron somehow.

  4. CounterStrike
    29th January 2010, 11:08

    What stupid music to welcome the drivers :P ?

    1. Better than a ringtone…

  5. Hamilton: “I’m sure it’s going to handle completely different to last year’s car”

    Button; “I hope so!”

    1. CounterStrike
      29th January 2010, 11:12

      Hamilton: You wouldn’t wanna driver last years car ! :P

  6. I am impressed. Even with these demented rules, F1 can still surprise!

    1. CounterStrike
      29th January 2010, 11:14

      I am sorry its not such a surprise at all :(

  7. Santander still is on McLaren…I dind’t realise that!
    I thought they switches to Ferrari.

    1. I think they sponsor Lewis individually.

      1. HounslowBusGarage
        29th January 2010, 11:49

        They might do, but Santander is across Button’s chest too.

        1. McLaren generally don’t allow drivers to have personal sponsors – Senna’s Nacional was very much the exception.

          Santander sponsor both McLaren and Ferrari – but Hamilton is being used heavily in the advertising because he was very much the face of Abbey, which is now being rebranded as Santander. So it makes sense to keep using Hamilton to reassure peaople that it’s just a name change, etc.

  8. I like sidepods inlet.

    1. CounterStrike
      29th January 2010, 11:16

      But the Mercedes engine will not like it ;)

  9. Is that it?

    Sureley interveiws and things to come no?

    1. it says “stay tuned for more live coverage “

    2. “Stay tuned for more live coverage” on feed

    3. That said that thing looks fantastic, three times more interesting than Ferrari’s amalgamation of what worked last year.

      An plenty of time to be developing things for next year

  10. nice design

  11. CounterStrike
    29th January 2010, 11:18

    What a humble launch :) Totally contrasting to the egoistic launch by the people over there at Maranello.

    1. Think I prefer egoistic, it’s a bit more dramatic and fun :P

      1. CounterStrike
        29th January 2010, 11:35

        It surely is :P More dramatic when the CEO speaks like a total Muppet hehe.

      2. I’m sure it’s just that you prefer Ferrari, Steph!

        1. I do but I prefer them because they show passion and can be a bit bonkers :P

          1. I prefered McLarens driver bits and forget that i ever said this Ferrari’s staff are obviously more exciting then McLaren, especially to listen to.

            On the other hand Macca are exciting racers.

            Which is kinda the point. Not that Ferrari arn’t

  12. Look at those exhausts!

    1. Yes, strange position…quite close to the rear tyres…

    2. CounterStrike
      29th January 2010, 11:20

      They should have adopted the Brawn nose-cone design, would have looked more elegant.

    3. CounterStrike
      29th January 2010, 11:22

      maybe those help in keeping the rear tyres warm ,now that tyre warmers are banned.

      1. Jenson asked for those!

  13. Is it my perspective an eyes or is there a non symmetry in the rear areo of the car?

    1. Mclaren have been know for this but I havent spotted it yet.

  14. sexxxy car i must say. not usually a fan of the skark fin engine cover but in silver it looks nice. nice nose too.

    1. agree. it may just be my bias but mcLaren have managed to make me at least like something I usually deplore.

      Actually I though RB5’s shark fin was pretty awesome as well.

      I liked how it looked from the side after the silverstone upgrade. When you couldn’t see through it.

  15. Oh an what a blinding looking car, did you notice the big bad eye looking side pods when viewed from the front

  16. It’s feckin beautiful!!!!!

    1. CounterStrike
      29th January 2010, 11:22

      No, it isn’t.

      1. it fekin is

        1. CounterStrike
          29th January 2010, 11:29

          I am sorry, I am a total McLaren fan, but I was expecting something else. Something like the mp4-20 front section.

        2. It surely feckin is! :P

          I do think a lot of these new cars will look very similar.
          Very 2009 Red Bull-ey…… Maybe……

          1. Weal mp4-20 was under very differnt regs.
            That McLaren is a looker for more reasons than pure asthetics. It’s managed to look original despite tight regs and an easy winner to follow.

            Also for jesi chrisi man IT LOOKS LIKE A SPACE SHIP. This is an F1 Nerds site, how can you doubt that silver peice of yum.

  17. Who sayed all cars are going to look the same? I rushed (ran – literaly) home from physics olimpiad, tuned into the live launch, cought a first glimpse of the car and thought WOW!

    1. Good luck in the olimpiad!

  18. so we’ll have 4 silver arrows? I really hoped they changed their colors :(

    1. Macca back to Orange?

  19. MP4-25 looks fierce!
    Love it!

  20. Why no MP4-12C around?

    1. Yeah you are write,Ferrari had 458 & California with F10.There seems to be no guard for MP4-25

      1. They couldn’t really pull out the F1 this much time on could they?

        I’m not sure they’re really ready to show the 12c to this many journos either.

        Personally I don’t know why they didn’t launch it in Woking next to all those McLaren legends.

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