It’s a big week for Formula 1 as many of the teams debut their new cars for the 2013 season. Lotus were first out of the gates with their E21 and earlier today it was McLaren, who unveiled their MP4-28 in grand style at the McLaren Technology Center.
Jenson Button and Sergio Perez were on hand to introduce the McLaren’s 2013 title contender.
Following an opening procession of some of McLaren’s most famous racers, Perez arrived at the event in an MP4-12C.
Button arrived in a working prototype of the P1 hypercar. Seeing the P1 in motion was almost more exciting than the debut of its Formula 1 brother.
After addressing the audience, the drivers unveiled the MP4-28.
On the surface the MP4-28 looks strikingly similar to last year’s MP4-27.
Gone is 2012’s hideous step nose, which is a trend surely to be adopted by some of the other teams this year.
One of the biggest changes to the 2013 car is the use of a pull rod front suspension. Ferrari were the only team to use it in 2012, so it’ll be interesting to see how the setup works for McLaren.
Obviously the car will look slightly different in race trim, specifically the front and rear wings. But it’s exciting to see the 2013 car in the flesh.
The event was aired live earlier today, which you can watch below. I’d recommend fast forwarding to the 1 hour mark, when the presentation begins.
McLaren has such a rich motor racing history and it’s fantastic they showcased that as part of todays MP4-28 debut. The Formula 1 offseason is gaining momentum and Melbourne is less than 2 months away.
Photos & video courtesy of McLaren.