Friday, February 21, 2014

2014 F1 Car Launch: McLaren expecting much more from its latest challenger this year...




Kevin Magnussen behind the wheel of the MP4-29 at Jerez. (Image source: f1fanatic.co.uk)
Obviously the mighty McLaren International concern is expecting much from its brand new MP4-29 challenger after arguably one of its worst seasons last year, ironically occurring upon its 50th Anniversary.

And for Mwah, the most radical change isn't the racecar itself but the addition of Lotuses Team Principal Eric Boullier, who I believe has effectively replaced the vanquished Martin Whitmarsh as the Woking-based squad's new Racing Director - while I'm ARSE-sumin' that the Woking-based designers have ditched the problematic front Pull-rod suspension design in favour of the de riggour more conventional front Push-rod design, as  notably to date, only design guru Adrian Newey has figured out how to make the more difficult front Pull-rod layout work effectively, whilst its controversial rear wing suspension is causing quite the stir amongst rival teams currently...


Also, as I've lamented vigorously, 'Checa, nee Sergio Perez was given a "Bum Steer" to ride and was thrown out upon no fault of himself, having found refuge at Force India whilst McLaren has elevated Danish World Series by Renault champion Kevin Magnussen; Yes, the son of former McLaren F1 and Penske IndyCar driver Jan Magnussen, aka 'MAGS, as it'll be interesting to see how the 21-year old youngster progresses in what'll be McLaren's final season with Mercedes Benz as its engine supplier before Honda returns to the fold in 2015...

CHASSIS INFO
Team: McLaren
Chassis: MP4-29
Engine: Mercedes Benz

Drivers
(Car#/Name: R denotes rookie)
20) R-Kevin Magnussen
22) Jenson button


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