McLaren launch day – 9.30am

Arrived at the Vodafone HQ. The place is buzzing with press and ‘guests’ – all extremely good-looking and better-dressed than your correspondent. Don’t know how I got in, must have been a glitch with the system.

It’s clear that whatever budget constraints may be upcoming, McLaren are still ostentatiously well-funded. There are free embossed pens and pads lying around, and nice people keep asking if we want pastries or coffee. This is a big event and McLaren are keen on making a statement of intent, it seems.