Successful test for McLaren

Team McLaren Mercedes successfully completed a four-day test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya last week, during which drivers David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen drove the new MP4-18 for the first time. Two MP4-18 cars had been taken to ...

Team McLaren Mercedes successfully completed a four-day test at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya last week, during which drivers David Coulthard and Kimi Raikkonen drove the new MP4-18 for the first time.

Two MP4-18 cars had been taken to Barcelona for the test and Kimi made his debut in the car on Wednesday. He was immediately impressed. "I really enjoyed my first test of the MP4-18 and the car felt good," said Kimi. "We completed a number of laps and obviously I'm learning about the car all the time. Every time I went out it got better and better."

Kimi was joined at the circuit on Thursday by David, who got his first drive in the new car. "Obviously it was fantastic to be driving the MP4-18 for the first time," he said on Thursday afternoon. "The team completed a positive programme and the car felt good."

Both drivers completed a comprehensive number of laps in the cars during the test.

Alex Wurz had been present in Barcelona on Monday and Tuesday carrying out additional testing of the MP4-18, while test driver Pedro de la Rosa completed a successful three-day test in Monza behind the wheel of the MP4-17D.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , David Coulthard , Alexander Wurz
Teams Mercedes , McLaren