A NEW ERA BEGINS AS THE MP4-30 IS UNVEILED

The first era of McLaren-Honda inspired a generation.  The name alone evokes memories of Ayrton Senna battling Alain Prost, and of classic red and white racing machines dominating as an iconic team created motorsport history with 44 Grand Prix victories and eight World Championships between 1988 and 1992.

Today’s reveal of the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30 – McLaren’s first Honda-powered car for 23 years – reunites the illustrious partnership.  Yet while a new era of McLaren-Honda brings with it the weight of expectation, all at McLaren and Honda are working to write a fresh chapter in Formula 1, one that respectfully nods to the past, but boldly looks to the horizon.

Fernando Alonso will begin on-track testing of the new MP4-30 at Jerez de la Frontera on Sunday February 1st.  ‘I’ve never felt better, or more ready for a new season,’ Fernando Alonso commented ahead of the test. ‘I feel extremely honoured to be part of a relationship that has shared so much history together. It’s gong to be a real privilege to be the first person to drive the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30 at Jerez, and I can’t wait to begin what I’m certain will be a very exciting new chapter in my career.

‘I’m excited to be sitting alongside Jenson, a great team-mate and a very experienced competitor.  Together we’ll push the team forward, to learn, to progress, and eventually to achieve the best possible results together.  We are ready for the new era.’

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The McLaren-Honda MP4-30 is a thoroughly refined evolution of last year’s McLaren, and has been designed and developed at the McLaren Technology Centre – also home to McLaren Automotive.  It is the only chassis on the grid to be fitted with Honda’s RA615H Hybrid power unit, and it features an evolved colour scheme that firmly contextualizes the McLaren brand in the 21st century.

The car has been aerodynamically developed over the winter, and the result is a pretty, elegant design with a refined nose-box solution, slimmed rear-end packaging – particularly around the gearbox – and the incorporation of an all-new power unit under its tightly contoured bodywork.

 

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‘I’m absolutely itching to get going in the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30' commented Jenson Button.  ‘It’s been interesting to spend time in the factory during the past few weeks: you can really sense a feeling of reignited optimism and positivity around the building.  I’ve never seen such motivation amongst the guys – we’re all massively keen to get going in Jerez and to work hard on developing our new car.

‘I’m also looking forward to working with my new team-mate, Fernando, and I’m confident that our joint experience on track will pay dividends in our development race to get our team back to the front of the grid.  I’m hugely motivated to make more history in this new McLaren-Honda era.’

 

For more on McLaren-Honda in Formula 1 visit www.mclaren.com/formula1.

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