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|Designer(s)||Adrian Newey (Technical Director)|
Paddy Lowe (Engineering Director)
Pat Fry (Chief Engineer)
Mike Coughlan (Chief Designer)
Peter Prodromou (Head of Aerodynamics)
|Predecessor||MP4-17D / MP4-18|
|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|
|Engine||Ilmor-built Mercedes-Benz FO110Q 3.0-litre V10 (90°) naturally-aspirated mid-engine|
|Transmission||McLaren 7-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential|
|Power||870 hp @ 18,500 rpm|
|Notable entrants||West McLaren Mercedes|
|Notable drivers||5. David Coulthard|
6. Kimi Räikkönen
|Debut||2004 Australian Grand Prix|
The McLaren MP4-19 is a Formula One racing car that was built by McLaren for the 2004 season. The chassis was designed by Adrian Newey, Paddy Lowe, Pat Fry, Mike Coughlan and Peter Prodromou with Mario Illien designing the bespoke Ilmor engine. The car was 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. 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, the team's lowest finish of the McLaren-Mercedes partnership since the 1996 season. McLaren used 'West' logos, except at the Canadian, French and British Grands Prix.
Complete Formula One results
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