McLaren
Jan 28

F1: McLaren Fails To Appear As Team Struggles With New Tech

The McLaren team opted not to test on the first day at Jerez. (Photo: McLaren)

The team opted not to test on the first day at Jerez. (Photo: )

McLaren’s new MP4-29 failed to complete a lap at Jerez on Tuesday, leaving twiddling his thumbs.

Although the car had been fired up successfully in the factory, the team had trouble getting it to run properly on Monday night, and despite working on the problems, it ran out of time on Tuesday.

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Jan 24

F1: Lotus Shows First Pic Of New Lotus E22

Lotus E22. (Photo: Lotus F1)

Lotus E22. (Photo: Lotus F1)

In an apparent case of ambush marketing Lotus has timed the release of the first image of its E22 to co-incide with the launch. The car appears to have a different take on the nose section compared with other cars seen so far, with an unusual twin-pronged approach.

The team issued the image just as McLaren was unveiling its car online in what was clearly an attempt to gain some positive PR just hours after Lotus revealed that team principal Eric Boullier was leaving – possibly for a new job at McLaren.

The car now carries the logos of Pastor Maldonado’s sponsor PDVSA, while a new deal with Yotaphone was announced today. Coca-Cola brand Burn appears to be missing.

 

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Jan 24

F1: McLaren Shows New MP4-29 For 2014

McLaren Shows New MP4-29 For 2014. (Photo: McLaren F1)

Shows New MP4-29 For 2014. (Photo: F1)

McLaren has shown the first pictures of its MP4-29, showing, as expected, a not very pretty nose.

Intriguingly Martin Whitmarsh is not quoted in the media kit accompanying the launch, with managing director Jonathan Neale and sporting director Sam Michael doing the talking. It’s believed that Whitmarsh will no longer be team principal, with former Lotus boss Eric Boullier tipped to take over.

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Jan 23

F1: Vandoorne Confirmed As McLaren Reserve Driver

Stoffel Vandoorne in the third round of the 2013 World Series by Renault at the Moscow Raceway.(Photo: LAT Photographic)

Stoffel Vandoorne reacts during the third round of the 2013 World Series by Renault at Moscow Raceway. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Stoffel Vandoorne has been named as ’s reserve driver, and the Belgian will also run a season of GP2 with ART.

Vandoorne is McLaren’s second talented young protege, and lost out to colleague Kevin Magnussen in the fight for the Renault 3.5 title last year. He’s clearly being lined up for a promotion to a race seat if an opportunity arises.

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Jan 14

F1: Mansour Ojjeh Takes Time Off From McLaren Role

Mansour Ojjeh is no longer a director of the McLaren Group. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mansour Ojjeh is no longer a director of the Group. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mansour Ojjeh has relinquished his role as a director of the McLaren Group, and has been replaced by his younger brother Aziz, his partner in the TAG organization.

Ojjeh had a double lung transplant late last year after battling IPF lung disease, and thus it’s perhaps no surprise that he is cutting back on his business commitments. He has been a low-key but important player in F1 for more than 30 years.

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