Hamilton gets new car for birthday
Tuesday 08 January 2008
McLaren say they are looking ahead, not back, on their disastrous 2007 season, as the two leading Formula One teams unveiled their 2008 cars.
Ferrari showed their F2008 in Maranello on Sunday as it was undergoing its first test at the Fiorano track, with world champion Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel, as McLaren showed off their new MP4-23 in Stuttgart yesterday.
In a much lower profile event than last year's opulent launch in Valencia, McLaren revealed their new car to have a longer wheelbase than last year's MP4-22 in which Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso each won four races, and narrowly lost the world championship fight to Raikkonen.
Ironically, it follows Ferrari's lead in that respect. Aerodynamic modifications also distinguish the car from its predecessor, together with an all-new carbon fibre gearbox.
The launch coincided with Hamilton's birthday and team chief Ron Dennis said: "It is Lewis's birthday today, we've gone to a lot of trouble... He is 23, it is the MP4-23 and he will carry No 23 on the car, but that is more by accident than judgement, I must say."
2008 will be a crucial year for Dennis, as he seeks to rebuild McLaren's reputation after they were thrown out of the constructors' world championship and fined $100m (50m) last year for allegedly copying Ferrari's design.
"We are not spending any time dwelling on the past," Dennis said. "We are intent with everyone in the company on producing a competitive racing car that is constantly evolving and will look radically different by the time we get to the first grand prix."
Floyd Mayweather next opponent: Mayweather more likely to pick a former foe than a fresh contender like Amir Khan in Las Vegas lottery
Manchester United transfer news: Adnan Januzaj to be offered in deal for Memphis Depay
Jose Mourinho: 'The dogs bark and the caravan goes by,' Chelsea manager gives cryptic assessment after Blues win title
Arsenal transfer news: Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini set for showdown summer talks over future
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger reveals: 'We are not close to signing anybody. We need to lose some players'
- 1 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 5 YouTube social experiment shows just how easy it is to kidnap a child
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
In defence of liberal democracy
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils