McLaren MP4-28 launch: First pictures and video

2013 F1 carsPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

The McLaren MP4-28 was launched today by the team at the McLaren Technology Centre.

The MP4-28 will be raced by Jenson Button and new team mate Sergio Perez, who joins the team from Sauber.

“With Jenson and Checo, and this fantastic-looking new car, I believe we?re extremely well prepared for another competitive season,” said team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

“Jenson is driving better than ever ?ǣ he?s the most experienced driver in Formula 1, but he makes every ounce of that experience count: he?s peerless in his ability to read a race and one of the very fastest drivers out there. He?s a consummate professional, too, and will revel in working hard to drive this team through the year.

“Checo joins us after a sensational 2012 season and he?s immediately proved that he?s intelligent, modest, hard-working and, make no mistake; very, very quick. Of course, there?ll be a learning curve to overcome as he gets used to our organisation, particularly during the hustle and bustle of the early-season race weekends, but he understands that we are placing no pressure on him.

“This is an exciting time for the whole team. In our 50th anniversary season, I want Vodafone McLaren Mercedes to underline why we are the finest grand prix team in the world.”

As McLaren reach their 50th anniversary this year the team displayed their racing heritage before unveiling their latest Formula One car. An M8D Can-Am sportscar began the parade of cars, followed by a 1974 M23 of the type Emerson Fittipaldi won the world championship with.

An MP4-4 from 1988, as driven by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost, was followed by the 1995 Le Mans-winning F1 GTR.

The pre-launch show concluded with two Mercedes-powered cars: an MP4-13 from 1998 and the MP4-23 Lewis Hamilton used to win the 2008 world championship.

McLaren MP4-28 launch pictures

McLaren MP4-28 launch video

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128 comments on “McLaren MP4-28 launch: First pictures and video”

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  1. Why don’t they call Sergio Sergio?

    1. Having an F1 driver in my favourite team with my name is more than a 1 000 000 to 1 scenario. Was already rubbing my hands in buying a Sergio Perez Mclaren Cap or jacket, but if it has Checo on it, I will be very disappointed… (My name is REALLY Sergio Perez)

  2. Adam Cooper has confirmed that it does have a stepped nose.

    The new McLaren has a stepped nose — we know because there’s an unpainted one visible through the window of the composite shop!

    However it’s hidden of course by the ‘vanity panel’, in effect a hollow section at the top of the nose. Tap it and you can tell..

  3. It is a brave thing to say that 2013 car is a bullet proof while using a completely different front end linkage suspension! Isn’t it?

  4. Hmm, this doesn’t reveal much. Vanilla diffusor, no rear brake assemblies, black panel around exhausts will definately be removed and replaced with something interesting, no turning veins under the nose, pre Austin 2012 front wing, Pod Winglets not present (yet). This car is incomplete so can’t wait for the 3rd test to see how it really looks.

  5. For those who assume otherwise, there is indeed a modesty panel on the McLaren. They have switched to a higher chassis for this year. The reason u do not see the modesty panel is because it is blended to the front nose cone. Scarbs has a photo of the McLaren nose cone without the modesty panel blended. The mdesty panel does not need to be a separate piece.

    1. Do you have a link to it?

      1. Must be referring to this

  6. Here’s an image for anyone that’s saying it’s the same car as last year.

    1. Thanks for that! Some really good insight from Scarbs there.

  7. interesting there is no telmex branding sponsoring perez

    1. @nope those funds have stayed with Sauber, the main reason why Guitierez was hired.

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