McLaren MP4-29: First pictures

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Following a difficult season the McLaren MP4-29 needs to deliver in 2014. Here are the first pictures of McLaren’s new contender.

“We?ve never had such significant new regulations before,” said McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale. “Reacting to them, and managing those changes, while still pushing the performance limits, has been an extremely tough job.”

Neale said the team have taken a “pragmatic” approach to the new regulations. “We know that the need for consistency initially outweighs the need for performance ?ǣ the winter tests won?t be about chasing set-up or refining the car; the envelope of performance is likely to be so wide, and so relatively unknown, that the winter ?ǣ and to some extent the opening races ?ǣ will be about understanding the operational boundaries of the car as best we can.”

“This year, more than ever, will come down to a development race,” he added. “I don?t necessarily think you can expect the car that wins the opening race to be the car that leads the championship charge, something we?ve often seen in the past.”

“No, it will be all about a team?s ability to react and respond. We already have an update package that we?re readying for race one, and we?re discovering new things in the [wind] tunnel, or in CFD, all the time. Once we start track testing, I think you?ll see an intense throughput of ideas and concepts ?ǣ that?s the nitty-gritty that will win or lose the world championship.”

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198 comments on McLaren MP4-29: First pictures

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  1. Alec (@vonhoff) said on 24th January 2014, 11:56

    Damn, thats fugly

  2. mrjlr93 (@mrjlr93) said on 24th January 2014, 11:56

    i want to throw up

  3. ajokay (@ajokay) said on 24th January 2014, 11:57

    Grey can be an excellent shade. You can have warm and cool ones, they can be deep or airy…

    But McLaren have gone for the most middle-of-the-road, bog-standard dull grey. So sad.

  4. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 24th January 2014, 11:57

    ‘Don’t mention the nostrils, don’t mention the nostrils, don’t mention the nostrils…’

  5. Oh my God. Not pretty.

  6. Wallbreaker (@wallbreaker) said on 24th January 2014, 11:57

    Not sure if badass or fugly as hell…

  7. andae23 (@andae23) said on 24th January 2014, 11:57

    Savage! And hurray for black wings!

  8. hunocsi (@hunocsi) said on 24th January 2014, 11:57

    It’s weird but I quite like it – or at least more than the previous models and models we’ve seen.

  9. sushant008 (@sushant008) said on 24th January 2014, 11:57

    It is like watching a black n white movie :/

  10. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 24th January 2014, 11:58

    Looks like they indeed stuck to the pullrod at the front. Interesting that – I think – Force India adoped it as well.

  11. mrjlr93 (@mrjlr93) said on 24th January 2014, 11:58

    i hope Ferrari do a better job unlikely though

  12. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 24th January 2014, 11:58

    ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. joetoml1n (@joetoml1n) said on 24th January 2014, 11:59

    The nose is as expected, please everyone stop complaining now.. We know they may look like this…

  14. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 24th January 2014, 12:00

    Oh my…

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