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2005 McLaren MP4-20

'A lot of time, effort and work has been invested in the new car, wîth the engineers working more for us than ever before,' said Kimi. 'My first impression after these few laps is a good one, however, the work for me and my driver colleagues starts only now.' The Finn will continue to drive MP4-20 until Thursday, when Juan Pablo will take the wheel.

'Since MP4-20 was fired up for the first time at 02:30am on the morning of Thursday 20th January at the McLaren Technology Centre, the anticipatory atmosphere of the car's initial run within the team has been building and we are pleased to have completed its shakedown this morning,' said Ron Dennis, Team Principal, West McLaren Mercedes. 'Today's unveiling is the first tangible demonstration of the team's preparations for the 2005 season, a year that has the potential to be exciting and positive for all the teams, our Partners and the fans alike. There is feverish work taking place across the team to achieve the best possible result for the this year'

The design of the MP4-20 has been heavily influenced by significant revisions to both the sporting and technical regulations that govern Formula One in four key areas: engine lifespan, limitations on tyre use, aerodynamics and race weekend format particularly for qualifying.

'A Formula One car is a fully integrated machine,' commented Martin Whitmarsh, CEO Formula One, West McLaren Mercedes. 'As a consequence, regulation changes to the extent we have seen ahead of the 2005 season, have had a major impact on the configuration of the entire package. The revisions created an interesting challenge for our design team under Adrian Newey, Mike Coughlan and Neil Oatley, and the result is a car that looks quite different from last year. Mercedes-Ilmor on the engine side has to cope wîth similar technical and timescale challenges.'

The aerodynamic modifications have led to the most visible differences on the car, to the design of the chassis, which has been exclusively developed in the design office and wind tunnel facilities at the McLaren Technology Centre. These include the raising of the front wing by 50mm, restricting the height of the diffuser to 125mm and bringing the rear wing package forward by 150mm.

McLaren Racing's Technical Director Adrian Newey added, 'With the regulations, particularly on the aerodynamic side, being set comparatively late resulting in even harder and more dedicated work from all members of the team to get MP4-20 on track today. This has seen positive collaboration wîth all our Technology Partners, particularly Michelin in adapting to the extended use requirements of tyres for the coming season, when they have to last the entire race distance. The spec for MP4-20 was set in May 2004 and this saw the start of wind tunnel work at the McLaren Technology Centre. The timescales have been challenging but that is all part of the excitement of Formula One.'

Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, said: 'Formula One of generation 2005 creates a host of new challenges for all the engineers involved, as well as bigger cuts and restrictions overall than ever before during the last decade. The engine's lifespan is doubled due to a change in the regulations, which allows the engines to be replaced only after two races. This modification was announced extremely late, putting even bigger strain on the engine people. Additional strain was caused by the demand that performance be maintained despite the doubling of the lifespan. The new rules concerning the aerodynamic limitations and the use of only one set of tyres per race are no less challenging; it was therefore an interesting and busy winter not only for our engine technicians but also for the team's chassis engineers. With the West McLaren Mercedes MP4-20 we hope to have created a powerful package of chassis, engine and tyres, which will enable us to resume the performance and results which our team scored in the second half of the year and particularly in the final third of the season wîth last year's MP4-19B.'

'Of course, everyone within our organisation was lòòking forward to the initial laps and results of the MP4-20 on the first test day,' Martin Whitmarsh continued. 'The focus in these early stages will be systems, aero and component evaluations before we start lòòking at more comprehensive programmes towards the end of the week. We have an intensive schedule to complete before the cars leave for Australia on Wednesday 23rd February, which will see us test at Valencia, Jerez and back to Barcelona. By the second week in February at Jerez, we will have the second MP4-20 chassis in attendance, wîth the third due to come on line in the following week.'

Pedro de la Rosa will test alongside Kimi today in the MP4-19B, evaluating components and systems alongside the programme for the 2005 car, sharing driving duties during the week wîth Alex Wurz.

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 Pedro Martínez de la Rosa
 Juan Pablo Montoya
 Kimi-Matias Raikkonen
 Alexander Wurz

 West McLaren Mercedes

2005 Season
Points: 182
Position: 2
Engine: Mercedes FO110R

2004 Entry: MP4-19
2004 Entry: MP4-19B
2003 Entry: MP4-17D
2002 Entry: MP4-17
2001 Entry: MP4-16
2000 Entry: MP4-15
1997 Entry: MP4/12

2005 Formula One Season
Mild Seven Renault F1 TeamRenaultR25 Spain Fernando Alonso
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 
West McLaren MercedesMcLaren
Spain Pedro Martínez de la Rosa
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Finland Kimi-Matias Raikkonen
Austria Alexander Wurz 
Scuderia Ferrari MarlboroFerrari
Brazil Rubens Gonçalves 'Rubinho' Barrichello
Germany Michael Schumacher 
Panasonic Toyota RacingToyota
Germany Ralf Schumacher
Italy Jarno Trulli
Brazil Ricardo Luiz Zonta 
BMW WilliamsF1 TeamWilliams
Germany Nick Lars Heidfeld
Brazil Antonio Reginaldo Pizzonia Jr.
Australia Mark Alan Webber 
Lucky Strike British American Racing HondaBAR
United Kingdom Jenson Alexander Lyons Button
United Kingdom Anthony Denis Davidson
Japan Takuma Sato 
Red Bull RacingRed Bull
United Kingdom David Marshall Coulthard
Austria Christian Klien
Italy Vitantonio 'Tonio' Liuzzi 
Sauber PetronasSauber
Brazil Felipe Massa
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 
Jordan RacingJordan
India Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan
Portugal Tiago Vagaroso da Costa Monteiro 
10 Minardi CosworthMinardi
Netherlands Christijan Albers
Netherlands Robert Michael Doornbos
Austria Patrick Friesacher 

2005 Season Review
RaceCircuitDateWinning DriverConstructor
 Australian Grand Prix Australian Grand Prix Melbourne Grand Prix CircuitMar 2005  Giancarlo FisichellaRenault 
 Malaysian Grand Prix  SepangMar 2005  Fernando AlonsoRenault 
 Bahrain Grand Prix  Bahrain International CircuitApr 2005  Fernando AlonsoRenault 
 San Marino Grand Prix  Autodromo Enzo e Dino FerrariApr 2005  Fernando AlonsoRenault 
 Spanish Grand Prix  Circuit de CatalunyaMay 2005  Kimi-Matias RaikkonenMcLaren 
 Monaco Grand Prix  MonacoMay 2005  Kimi-Matias RaikkonenMcLaren 
 European Grand Prix  NürburgringMay 2005  Fernando AlonsoRenault 
 Canadian Grand Prix  Circuit Gilles VilleneuveJun 2005  Kimi-Matias RaikkonenMcLaren 
 United States Grand Prix  IndianapolisJun 2005  Michael SchumacherFerrari 
 French Grand Prix  Magny-CoursJul 2005  Fernando AlonsoRenault 
 British Grand Prix  SilverstoneJul 2005  Juan Pablo MontoyaMcLaren 
 German Grand Prix  HockenheimringJul 2005  Fernando AlonsoRenault 
 Hungarian Grand Prix  HungaroringJul 2005  Kimi-Matias RaikkonenMcLaren 
 Turkish Grand Prix  Istanbul ParkAug 2005  Kimi-Matias RaikkonenMcLaren 
 Italian Grand Prix  MonzaSep 2005  Juan Pablo MontoyaMcLaren 
 Belgian Grand Prix  Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps,Spa,BelgiumSep 2005  Kimi-Matias RaikkonenMcLaren 
 Brazilian Grand Prix  Autódromo José Carlos Pace, InterlagosSep 2005  Juan Pablo MontoyaMcLaren 
 Japanese Grand Prix  Fuji SpeedwayOct 2005  Kimi-Matias RaikkonenMcLaren 
 Chinese Grand Prix  ShanghaiOct 2005  Fernando AlonsoRenault 

Formula One World Drivers' Champions
1950 G. Farina
1951 J. Fangio
1952 A. Ascari
1953 A. Ascari
1954 J. Fangio
1955 J. Fangio
1956 J. Fangio
1957 J. Fangio
1958 M. Hawthorn
1959 S. Brabham
1960 S. Brabham
1961 P. Hill, Jr
1962 N. Hill
1963 J. Clark, Jr.
1964 J. Surtees
1965 J. Clark, Jr.
1966 S. Brabham
1967 D. Hulme
1968 N. Hill
1969 S. Stewart
1970 K. Rindt
1971 S. Stewart
1972 E. Fittipaldi
1973 S. Stewart
1974 E. Fittipaldi
1975 A. Lauda
1976 J. Hunt
1977 A. Lauda
1978 M. Andretti
1979 J. Scheckter
1980 A. Jones
1981 N. Piquet
1982 K. Rosberg
1983 N. Piquet
1984 A. Lauda
1985 A. Prost
1986 A. Prost
1987 N. Piquet
1988 A. Senna
1989 A. Prost
1990 A. Senna
1991 A. Senna
1992 N. Mansell
1993 A. Prost
1994 M. Schumacher
1995 M. Schumacher
1996 D. Hill
1997 J. Villeneuve
1998 M. Hakkinen
1999 M. Hakkinen
2000 M. Schumacher
2001 M. Schumacher
2002 M. Schumacher
2003 M. Schumacher
2004 M. Schumacher
2005 F. Alonso
2006 F. Alonso
2007 K. Raikkonen
2008 L. Hamilton
2009 J. Button
2010 S. Vettel
2011 S. Vettel
2012 S. Vettel
2013 S. Vettel
2014 L. Hamilton
2015 L. Hamilton
2016 N. Rosberg
2017 L. Hamilton

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