The Info List - McLaren MP4-23

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The McLaren
MP4-23 was Vodafone
McLaren-Mercedes' Formula One
Formula One
car for the 2008 Formula One
Formula One
season. It was revealed at Mercedes-Benz's motor sport museum in Stuttgart
on 7 January 2008,[1] and it had its first on-track appearance at Jerez in Spain
on 9 January.[2] The car won the 2008 World Drivers' Championship in the hands of Lewis Hamilton, but finished 2nd in the Constructors' Championship which was won by Ferrari. The car, along with its rivals during the season marked the end of an era of complex aerodynamic appendages on the bodywork, which would be banned for the 2009 season.


1 Development 2 Photos and media 3 Complete Formula One
Formula One
results 4 Notes and references 5 External links

Development[edit] Following the 2007 Formula One
Formula One
espionage controversy the MP4-23 was subject to FIA
inspection before the start of the 2008 season, to determine if any Ferrari intellectual property was on the car.[3][4] After an admission that the Ferrari information was disseminated more widely throughout the team than was originally thought an apology by McLaren
on 13 December 2007, and a pledge that measures would be taken to rectify the situation, caused the FIA
to decide that there was no need for a formal hearing and the matter was considered closed.[5][6] Revisions from the MP4-22 included a longer wheelbase, the removal of the "bullhorn" winglets from the airbox and a new rear wing which differed both in main profile and its endplates.[7][8] In the pre-German Grand Prix testing, the car was run with a "shark fin" engine cover, as sported by cars such as the Renault R28
Renault R28
and the Red Bull RB4, but the team did not permanently run it.[9] At the 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix, some new aerodynamic parts were added, including "dumbo wings" on the nose, similar to those used by Honda on the RA108, which were temporarily removed at the Italian Grand Prix but reinstated for the rest of the season. The MP4-23 was succeeded by the MP4-24. Photos and media[edit]

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
driving the MP4-23 at the 2008 Australian Grand Prix.

Heikki Kovalainen
Heikki Kovalainen
driving the MP4-23 at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton drives to victory in the 2008 British Grand Prix.

Gary Paffett
Gary Paffett
testing a modified MP4-23K at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in preparation for the revised aerodynamic rules of 2009.

Chris Goodwin driving the MP4-23 at the 2009 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Chris Goodwin driving the MP4-23 at the 2010 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Complete Formula One
Formula One
results[edit] (key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

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

2008 McLaren Mercedes V8 B


Hamilton 1 5 13 3 2 1 Ret 10 1 1 5 2 3 7 3 12 1 5

Kovalainen 5 3 5 Ret 12 8 9 4 5 5 1 4 10 2 10 Ret Ret 7

Notes and references[edit]

^ " McLaren
unveils title contender". ITV. 2008-01-07. Archived from the original on 2008-01-09. Retrieved 2008-01-08.  ^ "De la Rosa debuts the MP4-23 in Spain". Formula1.com. 9 January 2008. Archived from the original on 6 August 2014. Retrieved 2 July 2016.  ^ " McLaren
hit by constructors' ban". BBC. 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2008-01-08.  ^ FIA
Technical Department (2007-12-05). "Report by the Federation Internationale De L'Automobile Technical Department to the World Motor Sport Council" (PDF). FIA. Retrieved 2008-01-08. [dead link] ^ " McLaren
Statement" (Press release). McLaren. 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2008-01-08.  ^ " McLaren
Apology and Undertakings" (Press release). FIA. 2007-12-13. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2008-01-08.  ^ "2008 Ultimate Season Review". F1 Racing. Haymarket. March 2008. pp. 99–101.  ^ " McLaren
MP4-23 - rear wing". formula1.com. 16 March 2008. Archived from the original on 18 March 2008.  ^ " McLaren
vows to keep pushing for titles". ITV-F1. 2008-07-11. Archived from the original on 12 July 2008. 

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