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McLaren became the second team to reveal their 2012 car at the McLaren Technology Centre this morning, with the chassis thankfully displaying no unsightly lumps and bumps.

Unlike Caterham before them, McLaren’s car looks unchanged from the outside, but as the press release clarifies, there has been significant work done: “The most evident visual differences include more tightly waisted rear bodywork, and a revised cooling system. Last year’s U-shaped sidepods have also been re-designed - a legacy of the FIA’s new exhaust regulations.”

Speaking about the new car, Jenson Button said: “Everyone will be watching us very closely to see what progress we make during the pre-season tests, but I genuinely believe we have every reason to feel optimistic about the progress we’ve made.”

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton is keen to get started again, adding: “What’s great about Formula 1 is that you start each season with the baseline completely reset - everybody starts again from zero - and that always makes me so hungry.”