BERLIN (dpa) – McLaren unveiled their new Formula One car on the internet Thursday, with Honda back in the sport as engine partners amid hopes for a return to the glory of the past.
The MP4-30 for former world champions Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso was shown off in a Youtube video, showing aerodynamic changes such as a low nose.
McLaren-Honda enjoyed a successful partnership in the past winning four straight drivers’ titles from Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost 1988-1991 and the constructors’ list as well in those years. Honda quit F1 after the 2008 season.
McLaren’s last title was 2008 from Lewis Hamilton and they have not won a race since November 2012, finishing a disappointing fifth in the past season.
“McLaren-Honda – the name evokes stirring memories of the past; of Ayrton Senna battling Alain Prost for supremacy,” McLaren said in a statement. “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.”
Alonso is back at the team, from Ferrari, after a first term 2007, and will get the first miles when pre-season testing starts Sunday in Jerez, Spain. Button will follow the next day.
“I am hugely motivated to make more history in this new McLaren-Honda era,” Button said, and Alonso vowed that “we are ready for the new era.”