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McLaren launch to feature street demonstration 12 Jan 2007

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Mclaren runs for the first time. Formula One Testing, Day 3, Jerez, Spain. 15 December 2006. World © Bumstead/Sutton.

Fernando Alonso and McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton will power through the streets of Valencia in Spain on Monday, as part of festivities marking the unveiling of the team’s 2007 car. Alonso and Hamilton will use last year’s MP4-21 for a spectacular demonstration run around the launch venue, before the wraps come off its successor, the MP4-22.

The McLaren presentation will take place at the Cuidad de las Artes y las Ciencias, starting with the street display from 1900 local time. This will begin with all four McLaren drivers - including testers Pedro de la Rosa and Gary Paffett - in a series of Mercedes-Benz road cars, before the team’s two race stars and their Formula One machinery take central stage.

The event will be the public’s first chance to see world champion Alonso in action since he became an official McLaren race driver at the start of 2007.