Formula One

 
            === McLaren unveils car for 2014 Formula One season ===
 
 Woking,  England  (SportsNetwork.com) -  McLaren became  the first Formula One
 team to showcase its car for the 2014 season on Friday.
 
 Named the MP4-29, McLaren's new car was displayed online from its Woking-based
 factory.  Drivers  Jenson  Button,  the  2009 F1  world  champion,  and  Kevin
 Magnussen, a rookie this year, were present for the exhibit.
 
 McLaren  endured  one of its most  disappointing seasons in the team's history
 this  past year,  finishing fifth in the constructors' championship standings.
 Button  gave the team its best finish of the year in the Nov. 24 season-ending
 Brazilian  Grand Prix, placing fourth. It was the first time McLaren failed to
 score a podium during the season since 1980.
 
 "We  have responded  to the disappointment of our 2013 season by pragmatically
 framing our approach to the technical challenge," McLaren said in a statement.
 "The  new MP4-29, revealed today, is a sensible and calculated response to the
 new regulations.
 
 "But  it is very much a frozen snapshot of the design team's steep development
 curve,  and,  as such, a machine  that will potentially undergo more technical
 change  throughout  a single season  than any other  car in McLaren's long and
 illustrious history."
 
 The   upcoming  season  in  F1  will  feature  several  changes  in  technical
 regulations,  including  a revised engine.  Teams will switch from a 2.4-liter
 V8  motor to  a 1.6-liter V6 turbocharged engine. The first of three preseason
 tests  in  F1 is scheduled  for next week in  Jerez, Spain. Testing in Sakhir,
 Bahrain will also take place next month.
 
 Ferrari  is scheduled to  unveil its new car on Saturday, and Sauber is slated
 to do so on Sunday. Red Bull, Mercedes and Caterham plan to take the wraps off
 of  their cars on the first day of testing in Jerez. Lotus' date is Feb. 19 in
 Sakhir.
 
 01/24 14:01:24 ET

Powered by The Sports Network.