McLaren boss 'delighted' with new car

McLaren International managing director Martin Whitmarsh said he was "delighted" with the first day's running of the new MP4-18A car at Paul Ricard in France today (Wednesday)

McLaren boss 'delighted' with new car

Whitmarsh, who flew in to the test with McLaren team principal Ron Dennis, liked what he saw of test driver Alexander Wurz's 17 laps.

"Today is an exciting day for the Team McLaren Mercedes team with the debut of the MP4-18A," he said. "It's a revolutionary new car and therefore we are delighted to now be running it.

"It's early days to be making any claims about the car's performance but we are very confident from the analysis and simulation we have already done that the car will definitely be quick. Inevitably there will be a number of challenges and issues that have to be resolved as there are with any new car, but that is what we are going to do in the next two-three weeks. I'm sure that we will have a successful testing programme and we look forward to MP4-18A's race introduction."

The date for the car's race introduction has yet to be set in stone, but it is most likely to appear at the Canadian Grand Prix on June 15.

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