January 31, 2013
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McLaren are the second team to show off their 2013 challenger – the MP4-28.
Drivers Sergio Perez and Jenson Button, as well as team principal Martin Whitmarsh were at team HQ in Woking to unveil the machine. Button described it as “the best car we’ve ever made”.
However, as astute viewers will have noticed by now an issue – the car looks visually very similar compared to last year’s version.
This has led to more speculation that McLaren, following Lotus’ lead, have not fully equipped their cars will all available upgrades, and are hiding them until the pre-season test in Jerez.
Still, technical experts have noted the addition of pull-rod front suspension, lower rear wishbone and higher nosecone. Interestingly, it is believed that McLaren’s car is running the optional FIA “vanity panel”, and has been “blended in” to the front of the car.
More details will be added as they emerge.