McLaren reveals Honda-powered MP4-30 for 2015 F1 season

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McLaren has unveiled its new-look car for the 2015 Formula 1 season, the MP4-30, that marks the beginning of a new era in association with engine supplier Honda.

In a small online launch, the British team released a video called “Time to Make History” that reveals a digital render of the new car, boasting a new-look livery that features a smart red trim and some new sponsors.

Honda previously powered McLaren between 1988 and 1992, enjoying one of the most dominant partnerships in F1 history as Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost won four drivers championships and the team claimed four constructors’ titles.

After almost 20 years with Mercedes, McLaren announced back in 2013 that it would be switching to Honda power for the 2015 F1 season, with the Japanese manufacturer exclusively powering the team this year.

“Although our renewed alliance began again many months ago, the launch of the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 marks the start of a lengthy journey,”  McLaren CEO Ron Dennis said in a statement.

“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.

“I’m positive that, together, we’ll get to where we want to be: winning Grands Prix and eventually world championships as McLaren-Honda.”

Honda motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai was similarly enthusiastic about the renewed partnership, bolding stating that no compromises have been made in designing and producing the new car.

“Today is obviously a very exciting day for me and for Honda,” Arai said. “It’s not every day that you’re involved in a launch of a new Formula 1 car and a start-up of a new partnership.As you can see with the new MP4-30, we’ve dedicated ourselves as one team with McLaren to creating a new car that compromises on nothing – either power or aerodynamics.

“As you can see with the new MP4-30, we’ve dedicated ourselves as one team with McLaren to creating a new car that compromises on nothing – either power or aerodynamics.

“We’re about to commence a long season, with numerous challenges, but Honda is determined to face them head-on. After all, we’re here to drive Formula 1’s technology forward and give our fans a thrilling ride.”

The MP4-30 features a new nose for the 2015 season, breaking away from the protruding extension that the MP4-29 boasted. Besides the red trim, the car also incorporates more black into the chrome design.

Today’s launch marks the beginning of a new era for McLaren as it looks to bounce back from a number of disappointing campaigns of the past few years. Having not won a race since 2012, the team finished fifth in last year’s constructors’ championship, but is hoping that the move to Honda power will take it to the head of the field once again.

McLaren’s cause has also been aided by the return of Fernando Alonso, who returns to Woking after five years with Ferrari. The Spaniard spent one controversial year with the team back in 2007 that saw the team get embroiled in a spying scandal, ultimately ending its exclusion from the constructors’ championship and a $100m fine.

However, Alonso and McLaren have put their past differences to one side (at least on the surface) to work together again in 2015, and the Spaniard is joined by Jenson Button, who enters his 16th season in Formula 1 in 2015.

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.