McLaren Mercedes Vodafone introduces MP4-26 F1 car

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 6, 2011

The McLaren Mercedes’ Vodafone media event in Berlin, Germany, introduced the 2011 single-seater car: the new MP4-26. How the car was launched is quite unusual.

The team's two world champions Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button introduced the car to the media and the fans present in Berlin. Hamilton said that McLaren's challenger features a fascinating design, offering some lines that are different from the ones presented by rivals.

The nose of the McLaren MP4-26 has the same high design but its sidepods are very sculpted and L-shaped.

Furthermore, the airbox tweaks have been intensively reworked, while the car's exhaust system shows off a classic rear-side design. McLaren declined to discuss why it chose to launch the MP4-26 later than its rivals.

It would only reveal that the additional days in the wind tunnel would aid the technicians to improve the setup of the single-seater for its first official test of the winter, at Jerez.

As a result, McLaren missed out on 3 days (out of 15) of testing this winter, as the 2010-spec MP4-25 had to be brought to Valencia this week. McLaren will take on the 4-day Jerez test with its initial 2011 package, with Lewis Hamilton slated to become the first driver to take the new challenger through the track.

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