F1: Hamilton and Button launch new McLaren MP4-26

PUBLISHED: 21:14 03 February 2011 | UPDATED: 14:20 04 February 2011

F1 drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

F1 drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

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LEWIS Hamilton and Jenson Button take the wraps off McLaren’s new 2011 Formula 1 car in Germany tomorrow (Friday).

McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team officially launches its MP4-26 challenger in Berlin at lunchtime on Friday.

Former F1 world champions Hamilton, 26, and Button will both be in attendance, along with the world’s motorsport media.

Go to McLaren’s website at www.mclaren.com for a sneak 3D peek at the brand-new Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-26.

Tomorrow’s car reveal will also be streamed live from Berlin at 11am GMT.

Lewis Hamilton and then F1 world champion Jenson Button unveiling the McLaren MP4-25 last year

You can follow the MP4-26 launch live on Friday by clicking on the McLaren link above right.

Button took over driving duties from Herts-born Hamilton in Spain today (Thursday) on day three of the first test session at the Circuit de la Communitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo.

The 2009 world champion completed 105 laps as McLaren continued tyre testing using the new Pirelli P Zero tyres on a 2010 MP4-25 chassis.

Button was third fastest on the unofficial timesheets behind Robert Kubica, of Lotus-Renault, and Force India’s Adrian Sutil.

Jenson’s input – along with that of Lewis and test driver Gary Paffett the previous two days – has given McLaren a very broad dataset from which to understand and hone the tyres and car set-up for the grand prix season ahead.

“It was an interesting day and a new experience for me to try the Pirellis,” said Button.

“They obviously work in a different way to last year’s tyres – but most of my runs were reasonably good.”

Today’s testing also marked the end of the MP4-25’s active service with the MP4-26 unveiled on Friday.

Following tomorrow’s car launch in Germany, the next test will be back in Spain at the Jerez circuit from February 10-13.


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