McLaren shrug off crash test failure

McLaren is not too concerned about the MP4-18 failing the FIA crash test recently and suggested it could even help the development of the car. There was a bit of excitement about the failure but McLaren managing director Martin Whitmarsh said it's...

McLaren is not too concerned about the MP4-18 failing the FIA crash test recently and suggested it could even help the development of the car. There was a bit of excitement about the failure but McLaren managing director Martin Whitmarsh said it's not unusual for cars to fail the crash test first time around.

"Some people make an issue out of it but you'd probably find that almost 50 percent of those tests are failed," said Whitmarsh. "Logically, if you pass the test you don't know how much you've passed it by and hence how much excess weight you have in the chassis."

"Whereas if you fail it, you know for certain that you have to make the construction a little sturdier. You can therefore argue that factoring in a couple of failures will bring you closer to the optimum."

Kimi Raikkonen and test driver Alex Wurz have both crashed the new car in testing recently and Whitmarsh is slightly more worried about that: "To be honest, the crash-testing we've been doing on the circuit has been of more concern to us!" He remarked.

With only a week between this weekend's European Grand Prix and the next race in France, there will be no testing allowed, which will frustrate McLaren's schedule. There has been suggestion that the MP4-18 may not hit the track competitively until Monza in September but McLaren insists it will not run the car until it is completely satisfied with the reliability.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Alexander Wurz , Martin Whitmarsh
Teams McLaren