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The upcoming McLaren P1 supercar has made a brief appearance at the English brand’s launch event for its 2013 Formula One car, driven by the team’s number one driver Jenson Button.

The 2009 F1 World Champion got behind the wheel of the McLaren P1 – recently spotted continuing its development – for a drive around the McLaren Technology Centre in Surrey, while his new Vodafone McLaren Mercedes teammate, Sergio Perez, steered a McLaren MP4-12C Spider.

McLaren P1 with Jenson Button - 1

While the launch of the F1 team’s new MP4-28 racecar was the focus of the event, the two road cars led a parade of McLaren racers to kick off McLaren’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Joining the P1 and 12C were Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1974 M23, Ayrton Senna’s 1988 MP4/4, the 1995 Le Mans-winning McLaren F1 GTR, Mika Hakkinen’s 1998 MP4-13, and Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 championship winning McLaren MP4-23.

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The 2013 Formula One season starts in Melbourne on March 14, with the release of the McLaren P1 due to follow later in the year.

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  • Exar Kun

    And whilst we didn’t see (or hear) it, the P1 was apparently quickly reversed out of the presentation area under electric power.

    It looks insanely low for a road going car.  The suspension must have a fair amount of adjustment available.

  • Monk

    That looks awesome!
    They should sell it with the camo paint job as an option.  Looks sensational!