McLaren MP4-25 launch today

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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201 comments on McLaren MP4-25 launch today

  1. Paul S said on 29th January 2010, 11:11

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

  2. David B said on 29th January 2010, 11:14

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

    • S Hughes said on 29th January 2010, 11:18

      I think they sponsor Lewis individually.

      • HounslowBusGarage said on 29th January 2010, 11:49

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

        • 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.

  3. David B said on 29th January 2010, 11:15

    I like sidepods inlet.

  4. Scribe said on 29th January 2010, 11:17

    Is that it?

    Sureley interveiws and things to come no?

  5. curedcat said on 29th January 2010, 11:17

    nice design

  6. CounterStrike said on 29th January 2010, 11:18

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

  7. Paul S said on 29th January 2010, 11:18

    Look at those exhausts!

  8. Gusto said on 29th January 2010, 11:19

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

  9. sato113 said on 29th January 2010, 11:20

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

    • Scribe said on 29th January 2010, 16:04

      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.

  10. Gusto said on 29th January 2010, 11:21

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

  11. It’s feckin beautiful!!!!!

    • CounterStrike said on 29th January 2010, 11:22

      No, it isn’t.

      • Scribe said on 29th January 2010, 11:26

        it fekin is

        • CounterStrike said on 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.

        • It surely feckin is! :P

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

          • Scribe said on 29th January 2010, 16:07

            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.

  12. mateuss said on 29th January 2010, 11:21

    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!

  13. Deurmat said on 29th January 2010, 11:21

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

  14. Thandi said on 29th January 2010, 11:23

    MP4-25 looks fierce!
    Love it!

  15. JUGNU said on 29th January 2010, 11:23

    Why no MP4-12C around?

    • wasiF1 said on 29th January 2010, 15:07

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

      • Scribe said on 29th January 2010, 16:10

        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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