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McLaren to launch 2011 F1 car today

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Today attention turns from Valencia to Berlin, where McLaren are set to launch their 2011 F1 challenger, the MP4-26.

I’m making my way over there and will have pictures from the launch as soon as possible. The car is being revealed at 12 noon local time, 11am GMT.

You can watch the launch live on McLaren’s website.

Meanwhile Lotus will be staying behind in Valencia for one more day of testing with their T128.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Gascoyne troubled by F1’s “boring” desert circuits (Reuters)

??Formula One would see more overtaking if it addressed the problem of boring new circuits in the Middle East, according to Team Lotus technical head Mike Gascoyne.??

The Horse Whisperer – If the shoe fits… (

??Unexpectedly woken from his winter reveries, the Horse Whisperer has stumbled across some declarations in today?s papers from Mario Moretti Polegato, emanating from Valencia at the time that the Red Bull team launched its new car.

??The Horse Whisperer caught a whiff of something familiar on the wind, because it instantly revived memories of persistent offers, backed up with significant amounts of cash, made on numerous occasions by the very same Moretti Polegato to Ferrari during the course of 2010.??

Senna (Adelaide Film Festival)

The film Senna will make its Adelaide premiere at the end of the month.

Thanks to GT VIRUS for the tip!

Lewis looking to rev up IMaGe (The Sun)

??Formula One star Lewis Hamilton is poised to sign with IMG. The high-profile sports management company will replace Hamilton’s father – who the McLaren driver split with a year ago – as his agents.??

Sir Jackie Stewart becomes a partner in Genii Business Exchange (Genii)

??Genii Business Exchange is delighted to announce the arrival of Sir Jackie Stewart, triple F1 world champion, as a partner for the years to come.

??Sir Jackie?s mission will be to reinforce the existing commercial, technological and industrial links between the world of racing and the motor car industry, as well as Genii?s core sectors including new technologies, infotainment and cleantech related industries.??

McLaren Automotive and the MP4-12C best of 2010 (YouTube)

Jenson Button (via Twitter)

??Great to be back in the car today, the main objective of the test was to understand the tyres which I think we do. Big day tomorrow! ;-)??

Associating with Brand Name Changes Behavior Even without the Product (Scientific American)

??Volunteers who drove a Red Bull car in a video came were more reckless than those who drove cars with the logos of other drinks.??

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Comment of the day

Felipe Massa had a dramatic start to testing in Valencia when his Ferrari caught fire in the first hour of running. Paul Grainger says:

Well Alonso topped the testing times yesterday but I wasn?t about to say Ferrari were on fire just yet?? until now!
Paul Grainger

From the forum

Dougy_D asks: there are too many buttons in the cockpit so at what point will the FIA say enough is enough?

Happy birthday!

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On this day in F1

Jacques Laffite won the second race of the 1979 season in Brazil.

It was a repeat of the result in the first race at Argentina as Laffite won from pole position and set fastest lap in his Ligier. On top of that he led every lap in Interlagos, giving him a perfect result or ‘grand chelem’.

At that stage it looked like he might dominate the season but as it turned out it was his final victory of the year.