20 years on, it's time to reappraise McLaren's never-raced MP4-18

Twenty years ago, one of the most talked about Formula 1 cars in history hit the track. Even before it first ran, it had achieved near-mythical status thanks to its lengthy gestation and multiple delays, but despite all that it was widely expected to be a game-changer when it finally raced – a car capable of blowing the dominant Ferrari team out of the water. How could it not be with Adrian Newey’s design genius and a powerhouse team behind hit? Unfortunately for McLaren, the lofty expectations proved appalling misplaced. Slowly but surely, the eager anticipation gave way to derision…

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