McLaren F1 hasn't gone into much detail on the changes included in its brand new MP4-28, which might cause a double-take since it has the same lines and paint job as last year's car. We're told, however, that under the skin it is a new beast, team managing director Jonathan Neale saying that instead of evolving last year's race-winning car it made more sense to be more ambitious and provide a more open-ended development track.

The front suspension is a pull-rod type like the one used by Ferrari, which is a change from last year, and the sidepods and rear bodywork are probably the most notable of the other upgrades. McLaren hopes the "deep and sweeping re-design" will avoid the mid-season slump of last year; the team had the fastest car to start and end the 2012 season, but it played catch-up during the meaty part of the year. As we can expect with probably every major team on the grid, upgrades are already planned, McLaren saying there's a big package being prepared for the second test.

Returning driver Jenson Button now leads the team after Lewis Hamilton's departure to Mercedes, and is paired with ex-Sauber driver Sergio Perez. Two videos below will get you a closer look at their steeds: The first video is the television presentation – the action starts at 31:52, the second gets some close-up shots of the silver bullet.






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      neilyadig
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm interested to see what Checo will do in this new McLaren car, I think he's gonna have a breakout season.
      Karl T
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would like to see Button lap Hamilton first race. Will be interesting to see if MB has anything for the top teams this year. Who knows, perhaps Schumi really did fall-off that badly.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hm, would of been better to see them both on suits to present it, not all the time they need to be in suits?
        Pdexter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carbon Fibre
        They are launching the whole package. Car, livery and sponsors on the cars and drivers Of course on the official press picture they will have them in race suits, with sponsors showing.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carbon Fibre
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        360_AD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Carbon Fibre
        What are you? the fashion police?
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      When will Korea US, and Japan go and ruin this party
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
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      sloturbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Without the drama this year from his team mate, I think the team & Jensen have huge opportunities being at the top.
      michael farmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bruce McLaren video was very evocative. I was fortunate enough to see the Bruce and Denny show at RIR and Laguna Seca on a number of occasions.Best of luck to the team.