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McLaren reveals car they hope can stop Red Bull

Updated: February 01, 2012, 08:27


Formula One drivers Jenson Button, right,  and fellow team member Lewis Hamilton, left, pose for pictures in front of the MP4-27, the newly-unveiled Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One car for the 2012 season, during a photo-op prior to the launch near Woking, England, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

LONDON(AP) Former world champions Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton have unveiled the new McLaren Formula One car they hope will end Red Bull's dominance.

Button finished second and Hamilton fifth last season as the championship was dominated by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel for a second successive year.

The MP4-27, which features McLaren's silver livery, will be first tested by Button in Jerez, Spain on Tuesday.

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh says he "won't know until qualifying in Australia (in March) where this car is, recalling that "last year we had, by McLaren standards, an abysmal winter testing session where we didn't have pace.''

Whitmarsh insists that "we're in a better position this winter compared to last.''

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