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McLaren Honda partnership is reborn with the MP4-30

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The first McLaren Honda in 23 years was revealed via a YouTube video on Thursday.

The MP4-30 sees the rebirth of one of Formula 1's most successful and historical partnerships as it was the famous red and white McLaren Honda's of the late 1980's early 1990's where the great Ayrton Senna achieved his three drivers titles and his incredible rivalry with Alain Prost began.

A new era for a legendary partnership

There is some uncertainty over whether the livery featured in the video will be the one used during the season, however, there is the accustom splash of red to remind you this is a McLaren Honda along with the silver and black all McLaren's have been since the late 1990's.

The car also sees another different interpretation of the new front nose regulations for 2015 with the tip going beyond the main front wing and no front tongue as seen on the Force India during the livery launch in Mexico last week.

Unsurprisingly many of the innovations that are expected on the new McLaren have not been put onto the launch car to stop rival teams from getting an up close look therefore we could expect a different looking car, particularly at the rear when testing gets underway in Spain on Sunday.

Aiming for a return to the top

As mentioned there is a lot of history and a massive reputation for this, the first of a new generation of McLaren Honda cars, to live up to.

It also comes as the Woking team look to find their way back to the front in F1 after two disappointing years fighting in the upper midfield.

And the intentions for success are certainly clear to see given the people McLaren have hired for the new Honda-powered era.

Peter Prodromou, former aerodynamics chief at Red Bull, has been drafted in to boost the design team, an area McLaren have had a disadvantage over their rivals in recent years.

The other was the arrival of Fernando Alonso from Ferrari, returning to the team he fell out with so spectacularly in 2007.

The Spaniard is still widely considered as the best pound-for-pound driver in F1 and along with Jenson Button, readying for his sixth season with the team, McLaren have a very strong case for having the best driver line-up on the 2015 grid.

A risk, but an exciting proposition

The reunion with Honda could be considered a risk for the McLaren, given they left Mercedes, the most dominant engine maker in 2014, and how the new partnership fares, particularly early on in pre-season testing will be one of the main stories to watch.

The new Honda V6 turbo hybrid had its fair share of issues during the post-season test in Abu Dhabi, but that could be considered a good thing as it gave the Honda engineers a good few weeks to try and cure the initial teething problems and allow McLaren to complete some serious testing mileage which, in Jerez at least, will the main aim with the MP4-30.

Many see McLaren as the great unknown heading into 2015 and that makes the return of one of Formula 1's iconic combinations all the more exciting.

I for one can't wait to see how it goes out on the race track.

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