New McLaren having a hard time

The McLaren MP4-18 is not having the easiest of times in testing since it got to work. Kimi Raikkonen crashed the new car earlier this month at Barcelona and test driver Alex Wurz squashed it again during testing at Jerez last week. The car was...

The McLaren MP4-18 is not having the easiest of times in testing since it got to work. Kimi Raikkonen crashed the new car earlier this month at Barcelona and test driver Alex Wurz squashed it again during testing at Jerez last week.

The car was heavily damaged and Wurz taken to the medical centre for precautionary checks but was released with only minor bruising. McLaren said it did not appear to be mechanical failure that caused the accident.

It was reported in the German press recently that the MP4-18 failed the FIA crash test but Mercedes motorsport director Norbert Haug said it was not a cause for concern and the test would be passed.

Last year's Jaguar R3 also failed the crash test first time round; it's not an unusual scenario for a chassis to have to re-take the test. The MP4-18 still doesn't have a date for entering competition and it won't be at the next two races.

With the European GP and the French GP separated by only a week, the team will not introduce the car in the near future. The British Grand Prix in July is likely -- providing there's enough of it left by then.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Alexander Wurz , Norbert Haug
Teams Mercedes , McLaren