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Spice Girls and 5 Other Extravagant F1 Car Launches

Eighteen years ago, the Spice Girls joined Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard onstage at the Alexandra Palace in London to launch McLaren's MP4-12 car. The British pop singers had recently released their smash-hit album Spice and were one of the biggest bands in the world. No doubt it was not a cheap night for McLaren. In the last few years, though, as teams have tightened their belts, live car launches have slowly disappeared. This season, some launches merely consisted of the teams posting photos on Twitter, while Ferrari at least spent some time creating a nice website to launch the SF15-T. In fact, the Force India was the only team to attempt anything resembling a live launch event—and all they were launching was a modified ve...

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