1 Feb 2013

Button excited by new car

10:03 am on 1 February 2013

McLaren have unveiled their 2013 Formula One car with a blast from the past as the team celebrated 50 years in motor racing and looked forward to returning to the top this season.

Paying tribute to the company's late founder, New Zealander Bruce McLaren, who set up the company in 1963, a succession of winning cars spanning the decades were driven into their base in Woking, before the new MP4-28 car was revealed.

They included Brazilian Emerson Fittipaldi's 1974 car, compatriot Ayrton Senna's dominant car from 1988 and Mika Hakkinen's title-winning car from a decade later.

Britain's Jenson Button, the 2009 world champion, will be the effective leader on the track with new Mexican team mate Sergio Perez chasing his first win after two seasons with Sauber.

The F1 season starts in Melbourne in 6 weeks.