The McLaren MP4/19 made its inaugural debut at the Valencia Circuit in Spain. David Coulthard was given the honor of navigating the vehicle around the track. Mounted behind him was a 3-liter, ten-cylinder Mercedes-Benz engine which was matted to a seven-speed McLaren semi-automatic sequential gearbox which drove the rear wheels. In comparison to its predecessor, the MP4/19 had been given significant improvements. Many of the changes were in compliance with the new FIA regulations - the biggest of these changes stated that a single engine was to be used per driver, per race. The Mercedes-Benz engine was built to satisfy the long race weekend which includes practice, qualifying, and the race. The result was a very compact and lightweight unit which improved the vehicles handling and center of gravity.
The start of the year was rather dismal for the McLaren team. As a result, the team quickly began work on an updated version of their racer. The new car was ready well into the season, with seven races already having been contended. The MP4/19B featured slight improvements such as revised rear bodywork and sidepods. The car made its racing debut at the French Grand Prix in Magny Cours. High expectations were placed on the car since it had done so well in practice at the Silverstone track. The car had recorded a second fastest time with Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel and in wet conditions.
At the French Grand Prix, both team drivers were able to score points. The next race was at Silverstone and Raikkonen drove the car fast enough in qualifying to sit in the 'B' position on the pole. At the drop of the checkered flag, the car and driver were in second place which was the teams first podium finish of the season.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007
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|Today officially marks 25 years since the first race was held for Renault UK's Clio Cup motor racing championship.
The race took place at Leicestershire's Donington Park circuit on 21 April 1991 – a Sunday that year. Its grid consisted of 25 race-tuned Clio 1.8 16Vs. Steve Waudby, driving for the Harlow Motorsport team, led all the way from pole position to win the race ahead of Mark Fish Vehicle Engineers' Mark Fish and Automech Racing's John Wadsworth.
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|1997 European Grand Prix: A Page from a Father's Book|
|Twenty-two laps from the end of the European Grand Prix and everything was held in the balance. Then, suddenly, Jacques Villeneuve would draw from a page of his father's book and would help to produce a truly memorable moment in Formula One's history.
The 1997 Formula One season was to be Jacques Villeneuve's opportunity to finally add the family name to the annals of Formula One champions. Jacques had come to Formula One and Williams in 1996. He would join another son of a Formula One drive...[Read more...]|
|Techno Classica 2014: more than 30 racing cars to celebrate 120 years of Mercedes-Benz motor racing history|
|•Cars that were the heroes of magical moments put their stamp on this high-powered, most comprehensive show presentation
•With more than 30 vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Classic presents motor racing history in all its unique breadth and depth
•120 years of Mercedes-Benz motor sport in the focus of the leading international classic motor show
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