McLaren unveils Honda-powered MP4-30

By on Thursday, January 29, 2015
McLaren Honda

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McLaren has unveiled its 2015 car during an online launch ahead of the start of pre-season testing this weekend.

The MP4-30 is the squad’s first car since 1992 to be powered by Honda, with the Japanese manufacturer returning the sport after a six-year absence.

The MP4-30 features a sleek front nose design - to comply with updated regulations - and a tweaked black and silvery livery, with red highlights.

McLaren is bidding to return to winning ways this year, having failed to take a victory across the past two seasons in the sport and slipped to fifth in the Constructors’ Championship.

The team has retained Jenson Button for a sixth campaign and recruited fellow world champion Fernando Alonso to partner him, with the Spaniard returning the squad with which he endured a tumultuous season in 2007.

The MP4-30 will make its debut in the first pre-season test on Sunday, with Alonso at the wheel.

"Our first target will be to learn the maximum from the car at the pre-season tests, understand the package, and extract as much performance as possible," said Alonso. "That won’t be easy or trouble-free, but we’re ready for that. Why? Because our key focus will be on development. Historically, McLaren has already been characterised by its ability to bring updates to the car quickly, and develop a strong package.

"It’s going 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 as motivated now as I was when I was given my first opportunity at the wheel of an F1 car."

"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," added Button.

"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. But we’re under no illusion that it will be easy – there’s a huge challenge ahead of us to try to pull back the gap to our rivals, but we’re certainly up for it. We ended last season with great momentum and clear progress, and I’m determined to carry that forward into 2015."

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