McLaren to Use MP4-18 in 2004, Says Newey

McLaren-Mercedes technical director Adrian Newey has said that the team are likely to use their new 2003 car well into next season following its delayed debut this year.

McLaren to Use MP4-18 in 2004, Says Newey

McLaren-Mercedes technical director Adrian Newey has said that the team are likely to use their new 2003 car well into next season following its delayed debut this year.

Newey, who was at the Paul Ricard track last week for the first test of the MP4-18 car, does not expect the machine to debut until the Nurburgring race at the earliest while Championship leader Kimi Raikkonen and teammate David Coulthard continue to use a development of last year's car.

Newey has said that he will not begin designing a 2004 car until the MP4-18 makes its debut, and he expects to run this year's car in the opening races of next season.

"I think we were in a fortunate position where the regulation stability allowed us to use last year's car and I think we can race the new car next season," Newey said. "I have no intention of beginning to design a new car until this one is running and I think we will race it at the start of next season."

Newey revealed that the intricate design of the new car began in June last year and said it will have been almost a year in preparation before it finally debuts at the European Grand Prix.

"The design started last June and it has obviously taken a long time now it beginning to run in May," he added. "We've look at it in detail and I hope it will be a reasonable car."

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