New McLaren waiting in the wings

The development McLaren MP4-19B had its debut at Silverstone testing last week, but despite a good start technical director Adrian Newey is not rushing to get it into competition. Some hoped the 19B might be in action at Montreal this weekend, ...

The development McLaren MP4-19B had its debut at Silverstone testing last week, but despite a good start technical director Adrian Newey is not rushing to get it into competition. Some hoped the 19B might be in action at Montreal this weekend, including McLaren boss Ron Dennis and the team drivers, but Newey is aiming for the French Grand Prix.

"It still hasn't passed all of the necessary checks," said Newey, according to Motorsport News. "The (test) has increased our confidence and, while there's still no firm decision, I think France is a sensible and realistic target."

After the Canadian and US GPs, there will be the opportunity for one more test session before the next round of back-to-back races, France and Britain. Newey has faith that the 19B can boost McLaren's ailing fortunes.

"The car is good enough to get us close to the top," he said. "We want to win a race or two before the end of this season and we believe that we have a programme that will now enable us to do that."

David Coulthard is impatient for the new car. Having only scored four points this season, the Scot thinks the 19B would be a better option than the current version. "With the problems we've got there is a little risk in introducing an updated car," he commented. "Because we're not finishing with the old one."

Mercedes chief Jurgen Hubbert believes the problems with the engine, which has suffered many failures so far, are due to sacrificing reliability for speed. However, the unit turned out to be not fast enough either. "The engine is not powerful enough and as we went for the power the reliability suffered," he told Bild. "We've gone into a dead-end. It's now a big problem for us."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Adrian Newey
Teams Mercedes , McLaren