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. Has anyone else noticed the nose looks like a knob?

  2. soundscape (@soundscape) said on 24th January 2014, 23:14

    I find it interesting how often I disagree with the F1 Fanatic comment crowd on aesthetics. :P
    This car to me looks bold and quite incredible – and I much prefer it to the Lotus. The only issue for me is the livery, but it doesn’t look to be the final paint job (starkly lacking in sponsors, including Vodafone).

  3. SauberS1 (@saubers1) said on 24th January 2014, 23:51

    It’s a beautiful car!

  4. Rodney said on 25th January 2014, 2:05

    Was expecting much worse. But what a beautiful car. People complain too much. If F1 cars looked the same all the time it would be boring too.

  5. Joseph said on 25th January 2014, 3:31

    Houston, we got a problem.

  6. Shimks (@shimks) said on 25th January 2014, 11:05

    I like it! I think it looks slick.

  7. zicasso (@zicasso) said on 25th January 2014, 12:16

    I love it. And, I like more McLaren’s attitude. Here we are. This is us. We are ready. Lets do this. Unlike Red Bull who hides, complains when things don’t go their way, secretive, cheeky and, sorry to say, boring.
    Welcome back, Mr. Ron Denis-Cojones.

  8. Boxcar Racer (@mojopixel) said on 27th January 2014, 17:29

    When you look at the car from the front, does anybody see a goats head?

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