McLaren-Honda MP4-30

It’s been 22 years since McLaren and Honda last raced together, forming a near-unbeatable partnership that dominated Formula 1 in the 1980s and ’90s. The racing landscape may have changed immeasurably since the days of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, but there are still clear links that bind the two manufacturers together.

Take a close look at the brand-new MP4-30 chassis – the car that will contest the 2015 FIA Formula 1 World Championship – and discover how Honda and McLaren’s racing DNA links this car to one of its most illustrious forebears, 1991’s McLaren-Honda MP4/6.

The successes of our first era together serve as a permanent spur for everybody at McLaren and Honda of the standards we want to achieve together in the future.

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Sahara Force India F1 Team 2015 car

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PRESS RELEASE

SAHARA FORCE INDIA LAUNCHED ITS 2015 SEASON TODAY OFFERING FANS AND MEDIA A FIRST IMPRESSION OF HOW THE VJM08 WILL LOOK WHEN IT MAKES ITS TRACK DEBUT NEXT MONTH. A SPECTACULAR EVENT AT THE SOUMAYA MUSEUM IN MEXICO CITY SAW SERGIO PEREZ AND NICO HULKENBERG PULL BACK THE COVERS TO REVEAL THE TEAM’S FRESH NEW LOOK FOR 2015.

he new car livery is guaranteed to get heads turning. The chassis features an elegant combination of silver and black with the team’s traditional colour of orange streaking from the nose cone to the rear of the car in two symmetrical curves.

Key to the new livery is the introduction of several commercial partners for 2015. Prominent NEC branding appears on the engine cover to signal the beginning of a relationship with the global ICT firm based in Tokyo, Japan. Also on the engine cover are the logos of telecommunications brands Claro and Telcel as America Movil begins its second season supporting the team.

Branding from world-famous tequila brand, Jose Cuervo, features on the car’s headrest, while logos from Latin America’s leading insurance broker, Inter, appear on the front wing end plates. Motor oil brand, Quaker State, also partners with the team placing its logos on the rear wing end plates.

The team is also delighted to extend its partnership with Smirnoff for a second season, in addition to the continuation of long-time partners United Spirits, Kingfisher and Royal Challenge.

Team Principal, Dr Vijay Mallya, was the first to praise the team’s new livery: “It’s another evolution of the contemporary look we introduced last year, which reflects the growth of the team and the global brands with which we are working. I love the addition of silver, which makes the car appear more sleek and aggressive and I’m sure it’s something that will appeal to the fans as well. Our traditional team colours remain integrated in the livery, but we’ve given it a very modern twist.”

With relatively stable technical regulations, the VJM08 has been designed with evolution rather than revolution in mind. The most significant changes from the outside will appear at the front of the car with the lowering of the front of the chassis and nose. “The front of the car looks very different from what we had developed previously,” explains Technical Director Andrew Green. “It is a redesign that involved a lot of work over the winter, as the new regulations caused a loss in terms of downforce and we’ve been working to claw back all that performance.”

The VJM08 will also feature several subtle changes, including modified sculpting of the sidepods and new cooling intakes. Underneath the skin there will be a completely new rear suspension layout with a new hydro-mechanical system replacing the original torsion springs. The VJM08 is expected to make its track testing debut in Barcelona next month with the VJM07 running at the first test in Jerez.

Williams F1 Team presents the FW37

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WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING has revealed the first images of its 2015 car, the Williams Mercedes FW37 on the front cover of Haymarket’s F1 Racing Magazine. Following on from a successful season in 2014 Williams hopes the FW37 can continue the positive momentum into another competitive season of racing.

‘The notion for the FW37 was to look closely at the FW36 and its performances,’ says WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds. ‘We then went about recognising what had worked well and identifying and resolving the areas that we felt needed to be improved. Although the aerodynamics of the car were impressive there is always room for improvement particularly as we handle the new 2015 nose regulations’

The design of the FW37 has stemmed from the performance of the FW36 but the conceptual ideas came long before the 2014 successes.



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CNN International and McLaren Honda announce partnership

CNN International, the world’s leader in international news, and McLaren Technology Group announced today that CNN is confirmed as a new McLaren-Honda partner for the 2015 Formula 1 season and beyond.

Jenson Button married with his longtime partner Jessica Michibata

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Fernando Alonso about the McLaren Honda 2015 project

Nico Rosberg decorating Christmas Tree

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2015 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Official Launch

It’s official: Kevin Magnussen continues with McLaren-Honda along with Fernando Alonso And Jenson Button

Jenson Button WILL race for McLaren in the 2015 Formula One season, the F1 team has confirmed.

Kevin Magnussen will stay with the team as a test and reserve driver.

Button said: “I am extremely excited to be embarking on my 16th year in Formula 1 and my sixth season for McLaren.

“Like Fernando, I am certain that McLaren and Honda will achieve great things together, and I feel sure that, working together, all of us will pull incredibly hard to create a brilliantly effective winning team.

Sky Sports News HQ’s Craig Slater has more from outside McLaren

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“We’ve seen Jenson Button arrive here at the McLaren Technology Centre this morning, Kevin Magnussen is also here and we expect him to drop down to reserve driver after just one season in the sport. Button will partner Fernando Alonso who will be confirmed as the team’s big money signing from Ferrari.

“It is a mouth-watering line-up McLaren have in two-time champion Alonso and 2009 champion Button.

“There are lots of questions to be answered though – why did it take so long to come to this decision? What promoted the board to eventually prefer Button to Magnussen? And perhaps most intriguingly of all, how has it been possible for Alonso and Ron Dennis to bury the hatchet after they parted in such acrimony in 2007? If you remember it was Alonso’s revelations that eventually prompted the Spygate investigation that saw McLaren thrown out of the Constructors’ Championship and fined.”

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