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McLaren planning low-key debut for 2008 car 14 Dec 2007

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Jerez, Spain, Thursday, 6 December 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton McLaren run on the streets of Valencia, Spain, during the launch of their 2007 car, January 2007. © www.mclaren.com

McLaren have said there are currently no plans for a launch presentation of their 2008 machine, the MP4-23. Instead the team will provide the media with photographs and further details about the car when it runs for the first time next month.

The MP4-23, to be raced by Lewis Hamilton and newly-confirmed team mate Heikki Kovalainen, is scheduled to commence its on-track development programme at an exclusive test at the Jerez circuit in Spain during the second week of January.

Its predecessor, the MP4-22, was unveiled in spectacular fashion ahead of the 2007 season, in a ceremony that included a spectacular night-time demonstration run on the streets of Valencia, also in Spain.