New McLaren MP4-24

mclaren2009launch-rgMcLaren released their contender for 2009 yesterday at its headquarters in Woking, England. The car bear little resemblance to the car with which Lewis Hamilton won his first WDC due to new rules introduced by FIA. The team has already completed two MP4-24 chassis and begins publicly testing at the Autodromo do Algarve circuit in Portugal on Monday. Test driver Pedro de la Rosa will conduct the first two days before Lewis (Wednesday) and Heikki (Thursday) each spend a day behind the wheel.

“And while the scale of the technical changes makes it difficult to accurately assess the true competitive outlook of the year ahead, as a team we can feel proud of our efforts and look forward to another close season of Formula 1 motor racing” – Ron Dennis

McLaren have already been preceded by Ferrari and Toyota in the car launch and we now have 3 contenders released for 2009 Formula 1 Season. Shapes are very different for all these cars which we expect after a new set of regulations introduced to reduce cost and improve overtaking. Renault and BMW will be launching their contenders on Monday.


New Team principal of McLaren will be Martin Whitmarsh after Ron Dennis paved the way. Ron was widely criticized after Stepneygate and was under pressure to leave his role as Team principal last year. But he stuck on and masterminded first WDC for Lewis Hamilton.

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