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. That is a really good looking car, although I cant say I’m a fan of the shark fin.

    I just hope Adrian Newey can come up with one of his master strokes and the Renault engine is reliable

    1. The Renault engine was reliable in the Renault.

      I think Newey has never been the kindest to his engines but his cars are just so fast that this can be hidden amongst the sucsesses.

  2. Haha alot of awkward questions being asked.. the drivers are being put into their places :P … looks a veryy cool car ;)

    1. The questions where sometimes downright cheeky. You never ask someone how much their paid.

      Lewis put him in his place.

      1. Mark Hitchcock
        29th January 2010, 16:52

        Lewis seemed to want to put everyone in their place. Always had a snarky comment about the question instead of just answering it.

        Probably just having a bad day, but if that was the first thing I’d seen of him I’d hate the guy!

  3. Donīt know why, but i am not impressed by the general look of the car!

    1. When i saw the Ferrari, and i was genuinley excited before hand then…
      oh, meh.

      Seeing the McLaren? YEAAAAH BABY, it’s a rocketship. My excitment paid off it looked good! Agressive, not a redbull clone.

  4. Front tyres look visibly narrower. I suspect that Ferrari was using the 2009-spec tyres yesterday, although Bridgestone assured Keith of the contrary.

  5. Love this car! And good to see Jenson go back to his old helmet. GO MACCA!

    1. I agree, it definately suits him better.

      McLaren drivers have two of the most distinctive helments this year, should be usefull mid race.

      1. Same can be said for Massa and Alonso too :)

  6. Mark Hitchcock
    29th January 2010, 12:17

    Lewis didn’t look like he particularly wanted to be there today.

  7. WOW! °Absolutamente un carro bien bonito! What an awesome looking car. Best one so out of the others. I guess I’m saying that because I am a McLaren fan. But nonetheless a really sharp looking car.

  8. Jenson’s lid looks great in the vodafone colours. I thought it was interesting he’s still sporting the facial stubble. I remember when Coulthard left McLaren only then could he be seen unshaven and the same when Alonso joined at end of 2006, he had to cut his hair from his Renault days. McLaren seemed to be very strict on this previously but Jenson is doing it his own way it would seem

    1. McLaren are keen to shke off that regimental image.

  9. I like the car apart from the shark fin.

    1. exactly

      1. I Like the car including the shark fin,
        I think its an interesting development especially on a McLaren.

  10. back looks wierd

  11. DamionShadows
    29th January 2010, 17:27

    I wish they would get rid of the piece that runs along the top of the cars, I hate those things.

    1. Shark Fin engine cover/

      They’re a bit marmite.

      personally I’ve only ever like two of them, one of them being on display up there.

  12. Jraybay-HamiltonMclarenfan
    29th January 2010, 18:00

    Excellent :D very sexy :D go mclaren 2010! Go hamilton!

  13. Myles Woerner
    29th January 2010, 18:05

    The new brake cooling ducts are really neat. Clever way to get around the wheel cover bans.

  14. Did anyone notice Hamilton give the wing mirror a lucky rub.

  15. Good launch I thought. Not plagued by the web gremlins Ferrari suffered either – good job chaps.

    Now Keith, you have been wonderfully professional in your reporting today, we would expect no less of you you smoothy.

    But honestly? A McLaren launch invite in the year the 2 previous WDCs drive for them. The year of Schumacher’s relaunch. The year of 26 cars on the grid again. The year Alonso lands that long awaited/expected Ferrari seat. Probably the most eagerly anticipated season ever? What was it like? Take the reporters hat off and spill the beans. God knows we all wanted to be in your shoes ;)

    1. Here Here Me fellow me Chap

      1. Well, not in his shoes… not even in his pocket… perhaps, beside him. Next to the drinks table, with the nibbles on it.. yes. I’ll go for that!

    2. Sounds like a good idea Salty – I’ll try to knock something up tomorrow.

  16. Best looking car so far.. ( including the williams)

  17. Since the forums are down… and this is about a launch… do we believe this really is a leak of the 2010 Renault or an enterprising photoshop job by some wag

    If true, maybe something in the longer wheelbase and shark fin?

  18. I agree with some that say the front nose is similar to last years BMW. That’s not really a bad thing. I think driver error and reliability were more of a problem for them than areo was. I think it looks great overall!

    As an American, I am curious why sentiment in England is tipped so heavily for Hamilton rather than Button?

  19. It looks like somebody took the MP4-24 and sat on. Making it shorter and wider!

    Still, It’s cool they’re taking a new approach. I hope more teams do this. (USF1 have their “mini” F1 car, though they still have to build it) :D

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