Just a day after Ferrari announced the F10, McLaren have introduced their 2010 Formula 1 contender, the MP4-25. Coming off a third place finish in 2009 behind Brawn GP and Red Bull Racing, the Woking-based outfit hopes to forget last year's mediocre performance with a new car featuring a "radical aerodynamic overhaul" compared to the MP4-24. Once again, power comes from a Mercedes-Benz V8 that has been slightly tweaked, and a larger fuel tank has also been fitted to comply with new regulations.
However, the real story for McLaren this year might just be its driver lineup. With Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button behind the wheel, it's the first time since Prost and Senna in 1989 that championship-winning drivers have been paired on the same team, and it's the first time that back-to-back champs will be working together. Both will get their first chance behind the wheel on Monday when McLaren begins their pre-season testing in Spain. Hit the jump for the brief press release from McLaren and check out the MP4-25 in detail in the high-res gallery below.
The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team today revealed its brand new MP4-25 chassis - the car in which reigning world champion Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton will contest the 2010 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.
Unveiled at Vodafone UK's stunning headquarters in Newbury, the 2010 car looks noticeably different from last year's race-winning MP4-24. MP4-25 features a radical aerodynamic overhaul and a significantly larger fuel tank to take full advantage of this year's new regulations, and its design team is confident it has explored every possible avenue to maximise the car's performance.
Horsepower once again comes from our friends in Stuttgart. Mercedes-Benz's FO 108X V8 subtly improves upon an engine which has become the benchmark in Formula 1, winning the last two drivers' world championships.
The team kicks off its 2010 campaign with a stunning driver pairing: 2009 world champion Jenson Button and 2008 title winner Lewis Hamilton. It is the first time since 1989 - when it ran Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna - that the team has fielded a joint-world champion driver line-up, and marks the first time in Formula 1 history that the sport's two most recent world champions have been partnered together.
However, the driver line-up represents only a fraction of the team's remarkable strength in depth. Members of the design team who contributed to the development of MP4-25 can also trace their involvement back through an incredible seven drivers' world championships, five of the team's eight constructors' world championships and 112 of the team's 164 grand prix victories.
The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team begins pre-season testing with MP4-25 at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo on Monday.