MCLAREN'S 2015 COMPETITOR: Will the new Honda-powered MP4-30 and the return of Fernando Alonso revive McLaren's hopes of an F1 title? Image: McLaren
BERLIN, Germany - McLaren unveiled its 2015 Formula 1 car online on Thursday (Jan 30) with Honda back in the sport as engine partner amid hopes for a return to the glory of the past.
Its MP4-30 for former champions Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, was shown in a YouTube video about aerodynamic changes such as a low nose.
McLaren-Honda enjoyed a successful partnership in the past: four consecutive 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.
NEW ERA FOR MCLAREN
McLaren's most recent title (as at January 2015) was in 2008 with Lewis Hamilton but has not won a race since November 2012 and finished a disappointing fifth in 2014.
A McLaren statement said: “McLaren-Honda - the name evokes stirring memories of the past; of Ayrton Senna battling Alain Prost for supremacy. 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."
VIDEO: McLaren's MP4-30 revealed
Alonso is back at the team, from Ferrari, after a first term in 2007 and will get the first miles when pre-season testing starts on Sunday (Feb 1 2015) in Jerez, Spain. Button will follow the next day.
Button said: "I am hugely motivated to make more history in this new McLaren-Honda era."Alonso added: “We are ready for the new era."
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