McLaren expects to win championships in 2012 with this MP4-27 unveiled by the Woking team last Wednesday. The team powered by Mercedes landed in second place, racking up six wins with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. McLaren didn’t prove to be much of a challenger and instead, Red Bull Racing dominated the season. With the MP4-27, the team is aiming to put an end to Red Bull's run after having gotten all the titles for the past couple of years.
During the launch, Button (who was a runner-up in the championship last year) said that he is excited about being able to see how hard it has been working. Since 2011 ended, the cars have been improved. The new car is comparable to the 2011 version.
The team said that the MP4-27 chassis was significantly improved, with all major systems updated or redesigned for the new season. The most obvious features include a tightly waisted rear bodywork and a modified cooling system. The U-shaped sidepods used last year were redesigned so that they could adapt to the new exhaust regulations of FIA.
Jenson said: "With the regulations remaining relatively stable, we've really been able to focus on the detail with this year's car. I still think we had a very fast package last year – it was very strong in certain areas – and our race pace was almost always fantastic, but we're hoping for a further step forwards in 2012. With Mercedes-Benz, I think we also had the best overall engine and KERS Hybrid package in the pitlane."