There is a mood of change and a renewed drive over in Woking at the moment. Senior management changes and impending new technical arrivals.
After a nightmare year in 2013, changes were inevitable, and many McLaren fans have been awaiting today’s launch with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. This year needs to be all about a statement of intent for the impending arrival of Honda works power in 2015. And in the meantime, the likely hood is the Mercedes power unit will be the match of its rivals.
I have to say, I quite like the thought of McLaren running no big sponsor this year. It might actually help the brand strengthen.
Equally the MP4-29 I think looks like a really purposeful car. Business like and despite the ridiculous nose tips, the lower swoop looks much more like a McLaren to me. I’d have preferred to see an orange livery at least for testing (reinstating a McLaren tradition for testing from years past).
I have to say, having grown up in the era of Williams and McLaren, I’d love to see a strong performance from “Team Ron”. I’ll post some pictures and video from the Jerez test next week.
For those rattling the cage of McLaren next year, we might just see the fightback starting in Tuesday.
McLaren Infographic on the MP04-29
If you’d like technical evaluations of today’s launch car there are many great resources online (you can’t go wrong with Craig Scarborough and Matt Somerfields blogs for quality explanations).