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Date Saturday February 28 2015 Driver Kevin Magnussen Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 39/182km Best laptime 1m25.225s Programme Test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen deputised for Fernando Alonso in Barcelona today, completing a useful test programme – as well as providing an always-useful additional opinion on the car.  Kev quickly got to grips with the car, his first …
Date Friday February 27 2015 Driver Jenson Button Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 101/466km  Best laptime 1m25.590s Programme After yesterday’s disappointing start to the final pre-season test, today was our most productive and promising day of the winter. The team did a fantastic job to replace the power-unit ahead of today’s session, with the team ready to start when th…
Date Thursday February 26 2015 Driver Jenson Button Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 7/33km Best laptime 1m31.479s Programme The day kicked off with Jenson conducting some aerodynamic tests, which meant he only completed a single timed lap. After just seven laps, Jenson noted a vibration and brought the car back to the pits, where we discovered a hydraulic leak that requir…
Statement from McLaren-Honda Barcelona, February 25 Following his testing accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last Sunday, we are pleased to confirm that Fernando Alonso has now left hospital. He has returned to his family’s home in Spain for further rest and recuperation. As a result, he will sit out this week’s final winter test, at which he was due to share driving duties with Jenson…
Images from the second pre-season test, featuring the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button shared driver duties over the 4 test days.
Statement from McLaren-Honda Barcelona, February 23rd We are pleased to confirm that, having been involved in an on-track incident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (Spain) on February 22nd, Fernando Alonso is making a solid recovery in hospital, and is chatting to family, friends and hospital staff. From the scene of the incident he was driven to the circuit’s medical centre, where he was giv…
Date Sunday February 22 2015 Driver Fernando Alonso  Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 20/93km Best laptime 1m27.956s Programme Given the running issues that affected us throughout the first three days, the decision was taken last night to split seat-time for the final day of the programme. The aim was for Fernando to run in the morning, with Jenson taking over after lunch …
Today at 12:35 CET, while testing at the Circuit de Catalunya (Barcelona), during the fourth and final day of the current test, Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda car left the track at Turn Three, causing the right-hand side of his car to strike the wall. Fernando was driven to the circuit’s Medical Centre where the circuit’s doctors gave him first aid. He was conscious and spoke with the doctors.
Date Saturday February 21 2015 Driver Jenson Button Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 24/111km Best laptime 1m29.151s Programme A disappointing day. The damp weather pushed the emphasis onto aerodynamic testing, but this was cut short by a failure of the revised seal introduced today in a bid to resolve the week’s MGU-K issues. To compound a tricky day, Jenson suffered a pu…
Date Friday February 20 2015 Driver Fernando Alonso Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 59/275km  Best laptime 1m25.961s Programme The halfway point of the winter test season – six days completed; six remaining – and, in terms of laps completed, this was our most productive day so far. Nonetheless, there’s still plenty of work left to do to ready MP4-30 and the Honda power un…
Date Thursday February 19 2015 Driver Jenson Button Location Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (4.655km) Laps/km 21/98km  Best laptime 1m28.182s Programme The team kicked off this week’s Barcelona test with a series of short runs to evaluate some mechanical balance changes. After concluding the third run of the morning, and with the team getting into the programme, a broken seal on the MGU-K caused a…
The first test of 2015 in Jerez didn’t really tell us much, so all eyes are on Barcelona this week as we try to get a better feel for the state of play between the teams. There’s a special focus of course on the form of the McLaren-Honda MP4-30, given how few miles it has completed so far. Fifty years ago, February was very different for the top teams and drivers of the day, and instead of occupyi…
McLaren-Honda conducted its essential pre-season filming day at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya earlier this week. While the term ‘filming day’ has become a bit of an F1 euphemism, it’s an invaluable opportunity for the team and its partners to get as much footage as possible in the can for the year ahead Just don’t think of the filming day as a dressed-up test. In fact, there’s very little dri…
McLaren-Honda test and development driver Oliver Turvey will dovetail his Formula 1 duties with a full racing season in the exciting Japanese Super GT sports car championship. Oliver has already cultivated a strong reputation in sports car racing – taking class victory at last year’s Le Man 24 Hours enduro classic. For 2015, he joins Drago Modulo Honda Racing, where he will partner 2010 champion T…
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button arrived at Honda’s headquarters in Tokyo today to officially mark Honda’s return to Formula 1. The drivers were joined on stage by McLaren Chairman, Ron Dennis and Takanobu Ito, President, and Representative Director of Honda Motor to formally introduce the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 to the media.
So… we are now well into the pre-season test programme, which is always one of the most hectic and important periods of the Formula 1 year. It is still hard work, of course it is, but, in my day, which is to say 1991 to 2001, we did a whole lot more testing than the guys do now. When I kicked off my Formula 1 career, with Lotus in 1991, testing was already a significant aspect of a team’s workload…
McLaren and Honda enjoyed what can only be called mixed fortunes at the opening test in Jerez, but this is of course just the opening chapter of the story. We all know what the Japanese manufacturer is capable of, and history suggests that things will come together.
A selection of images from the 2015 Jerez Test. View the gallery here.
Date Wednesday February 04 2015 Driver Jenson Button  Location Circuito de Jerez (4.428km) Laps/km 35/155km Best laptime 1m27.660s (Jenson on Friday) Programme The final day of a tricky but promising week of testing in Jerez, Spain. Despite a number of frustrating issues, the team still managed a number of long runs today, and was able to incorporate a compressed programme of aerodynamic testing i…
Date Tuesday February 03 2015 Driver Fernando Alonso Location Circuito de Jerez (4.428km) Laps/km 32/142km Best laptime 1m35.553s Programme After two tricky days, the team turned a corner this morning, managing 32 trouble-free laps around Jerez, which enabled us to put our first serious miles on both the MP4-30 and the RA615H power unit. Some fantastic work from the night-shift mechanics ensured F…
Date Monday February 02 2015 Driver Jenson Button Location Circuito de Jerez (4.428km) Laps/km 6/26.6km            Best laptime 1m54.655s Programme Today was another day of limited running for the team. Despite a concerted effort overnight to rectify the issues that had limited progress yesterday, our first run this morning once again brought a problem to the surface.
McLaren-Honda MP4-30 had its first outing at pre-season testing in Jerez, with Fernando Alonso behind the wheel. Read the official McLaren-Honda Jerez test day one report. Image: Either of the attached
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2015 McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso talks about the season ahead, the 2015 MP4-30 chassis, his new team-mate Jenson Button, and the significance of the McLaren-Honda partnership, which is reunited for the first time in 22 years. Subscribe to our channel and be the first to watch exclusive content from the Official McLaren YouTube channel: McLaren App | McLaren.com | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | +McLaren Instagram |
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2015 McLaren-Honda driver Jenson Button talks about the season ahead, the 2015 MP4-30 chassis, his new team-mate Fernando Alonso, and the significance of the McLaren-Honda partnership, which is reunited for the first time in 22 years. Subscribe to our channel and be the first to watch exclusive content from the Official McLaren YouTube channel: McLaren App | McLaren.com | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | +McLaren Instagram |
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2015 McLaren-Honda test and reserve driver Kevin Magnussen talks about his role supporting race drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, his thoughts on the strength of the new line-up, and the significance of the McLaren-Honda partnership, which is reunited for the first time in 22 years. Subscribe to our channel and be the first to watch exclusive content from the Official McLaren YouTube channel: McLaren App | McLaren.com | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | +McLaren Instagram |
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On the eve of the first test of the new season, McLaren racing director Eric Boullier discusses the year ahead, the 2015 MP4-30 chassis, the strength of the team’s driver line-up of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, and the significance of the McLaren-Honda partnership, which is reunited for the first time in 22 years. Subscribe to our channel and be the first to watch exclusive content from the Official McLaren YouTube channel: McLaren App | McLaren.com | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | +McLaren Instagram |
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On the eve of the first test of the new season, McLaren Racing’s chief operating officer Jonathan Neale discusses the year ahead, the 2015 MP4-30 chassis, the strength of the team’s driver line-up of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, and the significance of the McLaren-Honda partnership, which is reunited for the first time in 22 years. Subscribe to our channel and be the first to watch exclusive content from the Official McLaren YouTube channel: McLaren App | McLaren.com | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | +McLaren Instagram |
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It’s been 22 years since McLaren and Honda last raced together, forming a near-unbeatable partnership that dominated Formula 1 in the 1980s and ’90s. The racing landscape may have changed immeasurably since the days of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, but there are still clear links that bind the two manufacturers together.
McLaren-Honda – the name evokes stirring memories of the past; of Ayrton Senna battling Alain Prost for supremacy; of classic red and white machines dominating for season upon season; of an iconic team writing one of the defining chapters in the motor racing history books. Reuniting such an illustrious partnership brings with it the heavy weight of expectation, but all at McLaren and Honda are wor…
It’s not only the launch of the MP4-30 today; it’s the day when we throw the wraps off our new team identity, definitively revealing ourselves as McLaren-Honda. And that means the first appearance of the drivers in their new teamwear at the start of a new year. For many fans, that’s one of the defining moments of the new season.
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“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads, but we do need racetracks…” McLaren-Honda drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button get ready for the 2015 season with an unlikely encounter with something that looks more than a little reminiscent of one of the movie world’s most famous time machines.
What makes 2015’s MP4-30 car tick, and what does it take to design a Formula 1 car to the 2015 technical regulations? McLaren engineers Tim Goss, Matt Morris and Peter Prodromou help us find out.
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We interrupt the busy pre-season work of McLaren engineers Tim Goss, Matt Morris and Peter Prodromou to find out just what makes 2015’s MP4-30 car tick, and to understand what it takes to design a Formula 1 to the 2015 technical regulations. To reflect McLaren-Honda’s roots, which began back in the 1980s, our trio of engineers found inspiration in the strangest of places – firstly, they were let loose in the closed confines of McLaren’s Formula 1 windtunnel; secondly, they got to let their hair down after discovering a diverse collection of iconic ’80s’ toys that were just ‘randomly’ left in the tunnel, including a selection of spaceships, Slinky springs, BMX bikes and toy cars. Using those unlikely props, the trio attempts to explain optimum ERS placement, the new-for-2015 nosebox regulations, and that eternal F1 conundrum: how to balance downforce vs drag… Subscribe to our channel and be the first to watch exclusive content from the Official McLaren YouTube channel: McLaren App | McLaren.com |
Next week will see the unveiling of the McLaren Honda MP4-30, surely one of the most eagerly anticipated F1 cars of recent years given the heritage of the combination. Some 27 years ago, we awaited the first Honda-powered McLaren, the MP4/4 with a similar sense of expectation. The big difference is that, back then, Honda was already well established after five years with Williams and Lotus.
Next week will see the unveiling of the McLaren Honda MP4-30, surely one of the most eagerly anticipated F1 cars of recent years given the heritage of the combination. Some 27 years ago, we awaited the first Honda-powered McLaren, the MP4/4 with a similar sense of expectation. The big difference is that, back then, Honda was already well established after five years with Williams and Lotus.
Read part 7 of the Jenson Button story on the official McLaren website.
Fernando Alonso: The Ferrari years. Part 5 of the biographical series featuring the career of McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso. Read it here.
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We build cars every day. But some days are special. 29/01/15.
The arrival of Fernando Alonso at McLaren in 2007 was celebrated with one of the biggest and most extravagant new car launches Formula 1 had ever seen. More than 100,000 spectators lined the streets of Valencia – an ancient Mediterranean city made impressively modern through a massive construction programme – to witness a floodlit F1 street demonstration with Spaniard Fernando Alonso and rookie Le…
McLaren-Honda. For all Formula 1 fans, there’s something inescapably special about the way those two words sit alongside each other. For McLaren fans in particular, it evokes an era when our fabulous red and white racing cars were driven by icons Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost – and were usually driven to victory, too
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CNN International, the world’s leader in international news, and McLaren Technology Group announced today that CNN is confirmed as a new McLaren-Honda partner for the 2015 Formula 1 season and beyond.
CNN International and McLaren Technology Group enter multi-year partnership ahead of 2015 Formula 1 season CNN International, the world’s leader in international news, and McLaren Technology Group announced today that CNN is confirmed as a new McLaren-Honda partner for the 2015 Formula 1 season and beyond. The multi-year global partnership brings together two world-class pioneering brands, both of…
At the start of the century, Formula 1 was in need of a shake-up. Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher had demolished the opposition with five consecutive world titles and the sport was crying out for a new, young star to break the domination. The saviour was the emerging talent from the Asturias region of Spain, who was already the sport’s youngest winner of a grand prix
I am absolutely delighted that I will be writing a regular monthly blog on mclaren.com/formula1 throughout 2015. I still follow modern-day Formula 1 very closely, as you would expect, but I intend the writing I will do for McLaren this year to focus on my own racing days. I drove for the team from 1993 until 2001, winning 20 Grands Prix and two Drivers’ World Championships in that time (1998 and 1…
For 2015, mclaren.com/formula1’s new monthly blogger will be double Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen. Mika won both of his world championships for McLaren – in 1998 and 1999.
After Fernando Alonso had won the Formula Nissan series at his first attempt, his prize was a Minardi test at Fiorano, in which he was studiously watched by a number of F1 teams – including officials from Ferrari. Minardi’s sporting director Cesare Fiorio was on the look out for fresh talent for the 2001 Formula 1 season and the experienced campaigner was immediately struck by the talented Alonso,…
Fernando Alonso can thank his older sister Lorena for sparking his passion for racing. She didn’t show any interest in playing with the kart their father, José Luis Alonso, had built for her. But as a young toddler, Fernando took a shine to the machine and as his father towed him around a makeshift track, his desire for speed intensified.
With the New Year festivities a fading memory and Christmas decorations packed away our attention is now fully focussed on the 2015 F1 season. However, fans and media alike have to be patient, because these days January is a quiet month, at least on the surface. Behind the scenes it’s anything but as McLaren and the other teams are working flat out to ready their new cars for testing, which will k…