The McLaren team has become the fifth Formula One team to confirm that launch of its 2010 challenger, giving British F1 fans a deadline for the unveiling of the car to be driven by the two most recent world champions.

The Woking team has joined Lotus, Ferrari, Renault and Sauber in revealing that it will take the covers off the new MP4-25, on the morning of Friday 29 January. A venue for the launch has not been revealed, other than being in the UK.

The date puts McLaren 24 hours behind arch rival Ferrari in the race to be the first to unveil its contender, but ahead of both Renault and Sauber, which also plan to launch prior to the first group test of the season, in Valencia, but will wait to the very end of the month to do so. Lotus confirmed earlier today [Friday], that it would not be launching its car until 12 February.

McLaren, of course, will be fielding 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton and successor Jenson Button this season. The MP4-25 will continue to be powered by Mercedes engines, despite the German marque setting up its own 'works' team in the shell of reigning world champions Brawn.

The Woking team will be hoping that the new car can build on the late-season success enjoyed by the extensively reworked MP4-24, which won twice in the hands of Hamilton after being written off by others in the sport after an aero-afflicted start to the year.


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