After a huge gap of 23 years, McLaren and Honda have partnered once again for the 2015 Formula 1 Racing season. It has been a disappointing last season for the Mercedes powered McLaren team who finished fifth in the 2014 championship with 181 points.
A team with a heritage of finest drivers- from the legendary Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen to Kimi Raikkonen- it was nothing short of disappointment to see the team struggle to win races. With a new alliance in place with Honda, Mclaren hopes to begin a new era and regain its winning ways.
The 2015 McLaren MP4-30 with revised livery is said to have been aerodynamically developed over the winter. Highlights of the new car read a refined nose-box solution complying with the latest FIA regulations, a slimmed rear-end packaging around the gearbox with the Honda’s RA615H turbocharged Hybrid engine being tightly tucked under the bodywork. Overall the car is an evolved version of the 2014 Mercedes powered MP4-29 and claimed to be the only chassis on the grid to be fitted with Honda’s RA615H power unit.
Speaking at the unveiling Team Boss Ron Dennis said “Although our renewed alliance began again many months ago, the launch of the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 marks the start of a lengthy journey. We’ve come a long way already and, although there’s a lot of work to do before we can expect to repeat the level of success we enjoyed together 25-or-so years ago, it’s already clear that there’s enormous synergy and potential in our partnership, and I’m positive that, together, we’ll get to where we want to be: winning Grand Prix and eventually World Championships as McLaren-Honda.”
Two days back, Lotus had unveiled its new E23 Hybrid F1 car switching loyalties from Renault to Mercedes. Though the new V6 F1 cars have shied many enthusiasts away from the sport due to their uninspiring engine sounds, we hope the 2015 season turns out to be a closely matched contest and revive the lost F1 following.
The first race of the season starts on the 13th of March with the Australian Grand Prix. Here’s the 2015 F1 Race Calendar: