Mclaren’s 2013 weapon, the MP4-28, was launched amid a fanfare today at the team’s Woking technology centre in Surrey.
Drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez were joined by members of the team hierarchy and global press when they pulled the covers off the new car for the first time.
Button remarked how little time he had spent in the MTC compared with recent years as he focused on optimising his fitness in time for the first race of the year in Melbourne. He said he was “…excited…for some reason this year more so [than usual].”
“We start this season from a clean slate and hopefully we’ll be fighting for a win and pole position and every race.”
Perez, signed to the team to replace the outgoing Lewis Hamilton, voiced similar sentiments and acknowledged the pressure on him to do well, but made it clear he would be aiming for the world championship just the same way Lewis Hamilton would have done before him.
“Obviously, that is the aim for every driver.” The Mexican said.
Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh added “Last year we started and ended with the fastest car so clearly we can’t be satisfied with an outcome where we win quite a few races, are fast most of the time, but don’t win the championship.”