McLaren launched its 2013 F1 car, the MP4-28 image

McLaren today launched its 2013 Formula One car, the MP4-28.

The media presentation on Thurday morning of the new F1 racer also kicked off a year of 50th anniversary celebrations with a parade of classic cars at the McLaren Technology Centre near Woking.

The parade brought to life a string of race- and championship-winning McLarens from across the decades and culminated in the arrival of the team’s 2013 race drivers, Jenson Button and Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez, who had the honours of taking the wraps off the new MP4-28.

According to McLaren’s press release, „the MP4-28 isn’t merely a refinement of last year’s seven-race-winning car, it’s a deep and sweeping re-design of an already successful chassis in several key areas – most notably around the nose and front suspension, the sidepod profiles and the rear bodywork.”

As always, McLaren will target both the drivers’ and constructors’ world championships, even though they lost Lewis Hamilton to Mercedes GP. Jenson Button, in his fourth season at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is the team’s most experienced driver, while 23-year-old Perez is starting only his third season in Formula 1.

“This is an exciting time for the whole team. In our 50th anniversary season, I want Vodafone McLaren Mercedes to underline why we are the finest grand prix team in the world,” said team principal Martin Whitmarsh. Jenson Button will begin track testing of the MP4-28 at Spain’s Circuito de Jerez on Tuesday February 5.