Vodafone was since 2007 title sponsor for Mclaren.
In this time from 2007-2012 they won 34 GPs and one Drivers title with Lewis Hamilton in 2008.
Vodafone is only the fourth title sponsor in the 50 years history of McLaren (Malborlo, and West but don’t know the third one).
A new title sponsor for 2014 will maybe confirmed on the 2nd December.
The MP4-28 is the 2nd car after the Lotus E21 that was released for the F1 2013 season.
Before the main presentation of the car, they showed Mclaren road course and F1 cars over the past 50 years including cars from McLaren legends like Bruce McLaren, James Hunt, Ayrton Senna, Mika Häkkinen and Lewis Hamilton.
In front of 250 guets their showed the new car with teamboss Martin Withmarsh and McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez.
The car has no big differences from the last years MP4-27 in the aerodynamics and exhaust system. The engine has been revised, due the last years engine issues.
For the first time since 1990 McLaren has to pay for their engines. McLaren wants to win the constructeurs title after 14 years and of course the drivers title since 2008.
Button is cleary the Number 1 in the team but Perez also plays a big role, especially for the constructeurs championship.
Williams have confirmed that Mark Gillan, an engineer key to the teams revival, has quit in order to spend more time with his family.
Gillan joined the outfit last season alongside technical director Mike Coughlan and head of aerodynamics Jason Somerville in order to halt the teams decline.
The team won its first race since the 2004 season thanks to Pastor Maldonado’s Spanish GP victory. Whilst the team only managed one better this season by finishing eighth in the championship, their car was capable of much more.
The former McLaren, Jaguar, Red Bull and Toyota employee is now on ‘gardening leave’ having left the outfit earlier this month.
Source: The F1 Times
2008 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will be working for the Brackley based team Mercedes next season following his decision to end his 14-year association with McLaren and sign a multi-year agreement with Mercedes.
Under the terms, Lewis is only supposed to start working on January 1, but The Sun reports that the ‘F1 rivals reached an agreement which allowed Hamilton to meet his engineers at their Brackley HQ last week and rack up some vital miles on the race car simulator’.
Outgoing Mercedes team boss Norbert Haug is quoted as saying: “Lewis has already been in the factory to see the team and fulfil some duties after we found an agreement about that with McLaren.”