“I think it is fantastic. It’s great to be here after a great winter. Seeing hard work going into building this car is inspiring. It is the most refined-looking car we have had for some time so we are looking forward to getting back in it.”- Lewis Hamilton
McLaren launched its 2012 challenger on Wednesday as the Woking team took the wraps off the MP4-27 with which it is aiming to return to championship-winning ways.
The Mercedes-powered team finished in second place in the standings last year, scoring six victories with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. While the new car resembles the 2011 machine, the team said the MP4-27 chassis has been substantially revised, with all major systems updated or redesigned for the new season.
The most evident differences are a tightly waisted rear bodywork and a revised cooling system. The U-shaped sidepods used last year have also been redesigned to adapt to the FIA’s new exhaust regulations.
Button said, “It’s a very exciting day for us all. It’s the moment when we see how hard we’ve all been working.I want to say thanks to the guys who have been working flat out throughout the winter to develop this car. Testing is now very important. We’ve got to come out of the box and be strong. Testing is what it says on the tin, it’s about finding your feet, about gaining in confidence in the team you’re working with and the car you’re driving.”