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Most teams “unveiled” their cars last week by having the drivers pull a cover off of the car in pit lane. McLaren revealed its new MP4-26 by having contest winners and sponsor guests deliver various pieces of the bodywork to crew members who bolted them onto the chassis in Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz.
Back in 1988 McLaren ran its new car just 11 days before the first race. This year the team isn’t cutting things anywhere near as close with the MP4-26, but it will miss the first of the four preseason test sessions.
Formula One teams hope technical advancements will allow for more passing in 2011.
The Formula One field heads toward the first turn of the Suzuka Circuit at the start of the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix. (Steve Etherington Photo)

New Season, New Cars

Teams Prepping 2011 Modles Ahead Of Pre-Season Tests
Lewis Hamilton (Steve Etherington Photo)
Stressful Season Played Role In Former F-1 Champ's 2010 Performance
The McLaren Mercedes Formula One team won’t have to worry about financial backing until at least 2013 after signing its sponsor Vodafone to a multi-year extension.
Photographer Steve Etherington's images from Friday's Formula One action at Suzuka Int’l Racing Course in Suzuka, Japan.

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