For the first time since 1989, when McLaren drivers Alain Prost and Aryton Senna were teammates after each of them won world driving titles, the Woking based organization made history as the 2010 challenger was launched Friday at the team's main...
For the first time since 1989, when McLaren drivers Alain Prost and Aryton Senna were teammates after each of them won world driving titles, the Woking based organization made history as the 2010 challenger was launched Friday at the team's main sponsor, mobile phone giant Vodafone, at their company headquarters in Newbury, England.
2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton will now have to steer the number two car, as his number one status will now be given to countryman Jenson Button, the recent world driving champion.
"I am incredibly proud to be standing here today knowing I'll be carrying the number one for the whole season." said an exuberant Button after the launch. "It is something I am relishing."
Hamilton too, was impressed with the new car, which is a completely different design from last year's model. In the situation like other cars competing for the world title this season, this year's design will have to make room for the huge fuel tank that coincides with the ban on refueling this season.
"Both Jenson and I are world champions," stated Hamilton. "And we both want to add to the team's incredible winning legacy. I think it is set to be a great year for Formula 1, it should be brilliant."
The driver pairing has quite a lot of controversy, but both drivers are willing to assist one another. This is something that not only worked with Prost and Senna in the 80's, but also recently when Hamilton was paired with another world champion, Spaniard Fernando Alonso in 2007.
But the problem does not bother McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh, who feels that last year's slow start to the season should not be duplicated again.
In Jenson (Button), we saw a champion driver hungary for more success. We have already seen those qualities in Lewis (Hamilton) too." said Whitmarsh. "We have one of the very strongest driver line-ups in Formula 1, and that both Jenson and Lewis are coming together to enhance the team's prospects in what promises to be a fiercely competitive season."
After seeing its engine manufacturer in German company Mercedes launch their car days ago, McLaren will have no trouble in knowing that the partnership with the Stuttgart based firm will continue as the team will use the Mercedes FO 108X V8 again for this year.
With the first test for most drivers coming up in a matter of days in Valencia, Spain, this team will be looking forward to seeing how this car will function, and will hope that they can become winners once again.