McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 Revealed in Berlin
As revealed by Hamilton after his Wednesday running in Valencia (with the old MP4-25 car), McLaren's challenger for the season to come features an interesting design, presenting some lines different from the ones debuted by its rivals.
The nose of the McLaren MP4-26 features the same high design though, while its sidepods are extremely sculpted and L-shaped. In addition, the airbox tweaks have been intensively reworked, while the car's exhaust system presents a classic rear-side design.
McLaren did not reveal the true reasons behind its decision to launch the MP4-26 later than its rivals, saying only that the extra days in the wind tunnel would help the technicians better set up the single-seater for its first official test of the winter, at Jerez.
Consequently, McLaren missed out on 3 days (out of 15) of testing this winter, as they had to bring their 2010-spec MP4-25 in Valencia this week.
Lewis Hamilton will become the first driver to give the new challenger some decent track time next week, when McLaren will tackle the 4-day Jerez test with their iniaital 2011 package.