McLaren have been celebrating their 50th anniversary all season long, but today is the day all that celebrating has been for. Employees and drivers gathered at the MTC for a celebration of one of the most storied teams in motor sports history.
Similar to the MP4-28 release event, everyone gathered in the MTC’s lobby for the parade to roll in.
All the major players were in attendance including the MK 8D, M23 and MP4/4.
Jenson Button and Sergio Perez were also on hand. I imagine there was a lot of talk about next season.
The spirits of seasons past.
Button made an entrance in this midnight purple P1.
2013’s Formula 1 campaign hasn’t been good to McLaren. They took a gamble with the MP4-28, which is more of a redesign than an evolution car. Had they done what most of their competitors did and ran an updated version of the MP4-27, we could be having a very different conversation now.
The team has made it abundantly clear that they are focusing all of their current efforts on 2014. While this season will likely be a wash, McLaren won’t stay midfield for long.
Until then, a happy 50th to McLaren.
Photos courtesy of McLaren.