McLaren MP4-19

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McLaren MP4-19
McLaren MP4-19B
Coulthard 2004 Canada.jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorMcLaren
Designer(s)Adrian Newey
PredecessorMP4-17D / MP4-18
SuccessorMP4-20
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front)Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
Suspension (rear)Inboard torsion bar/damper system operated by pushrod and bell crank with a double wishbone arrangement
EngineMercedes-Benz FO110Q V10 (90°) naturally aspirated
TransmissionMcLaren 7-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
FuelMobil 1
TyresMichelin
Competition history
Notable entrantsWest McLaren Mercedes
Notable drivers5. United Kingdom David Coulthard
6. Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Debut2004 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
18112
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The McLaren MP4-19 is a Formula One racing car that was built by McLaren for the 2004 season. It was designed by Adrian Newey, and driven by Kimi Räikkönen and David Coulthard. It was described as a "debugged version" of the ill-fated McLaren MP4-18, but it was not a successful car. The team suffered various problems concerning reliability at the beginning of the season, with eight retirements in five races. By mid-season a new car, the MP4-19B, was required. This was an all-new car with a radically redesigned aerodynamic package. The results were immediately positive and gave the team hope of a better end to the season. Coulthard qualified third for the MP4-19B's first race at the French Grand Prix, followed by further points and podiums from both drivers. The upgrade was finally justified when Räikkönen gave the team its only win of the season when he won the Belgian Grand Prix.

For most of the season, the MP4-19 featured a narrow, needle-like nose design first seen on the MP4-18. A wider, flatter nose was trialled at the Italian Grand Prix but was not retained.[1] This would later be carried over to the MP4-20 in 2005, whilst the needle nose would be reused on the MP4-21 in 2006.

The team eventually finished fifth in the Constructors' Championship with 69 points. McLaren used 'West' logos, except at the Canadian, French and British Grands Prix.

Members of the McLaren Formula One team push driver Kimi Räikkönen's MP4-19 into the garage during qualifying for the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis in 2004.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
2004 McLaren Mercedes-Benz FO110Q V10 M AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA CHN JPN BRA 69 5th
David Coulthard 8 6 Ret 12 10 Ret Ret 6 7 6 7 4 9 7 6 9 Ret 11
Kimi Räikkönen Ret Ret Ret 8 11 Ret Ret 5 6 7 2 Ret Ret 1 Ret 3 6 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ McMurray, Bob (2004-10-22). "Ask Bob: Edition 18 2004". Television New Zealand. Archived from the original on 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2015-01-24.