McLaren launch day – 8.20am

8.20am…your intrepid reporter is sitting on a Great Western train in a dank Paddington station, very early this Friday morning. He is bound for a town outside London called Newbury, which is sure to be a lovely place, although probably not in this weather. All sorts of questions are going to be asked and hopefully answered today, as the world gears up for its first peek at the McLaren Mercedes MP4-25. In as slick a piece of marketing as ever, title sponsor Vodafone will play host to the proceedings, which are expected to last only til midday. By then, there will have been pictures taken with the car, drivers and management grilled and everyone just waiting for Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button s verdict…

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