McLaren Mercedes team boss Ron Dennis says the focus of his team is firmly on double championship success in 2008 after the covers came off the new MP4-23 in Stuttgart.

Although the team produced strong results throughout the 2007 season - with Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso taking eight wins between them to finish second and third in the drivers' standings - the season was tarnished by the Formula 1 spying scandal which resulted in the team being stripped of all its constructors' championship points and saw it hit with a $100 million fine.

However, with the door having now closed on the scandal, the focus of all involved with the team is on the future, with Dennis saying he was confident that the hard work of his team would pay off.

"The ultimate goal of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team is to fight for both the drivers' and constructors' World Championships," he said. "We are looking forward to another competitive season as we look to build on the momentum of last year.

"Every single member of the team has worked extremely hard since the end of the 2007 season to get the MP4-23 on track as soon as possible, to ensure we have the maximum amount of testing time available before the cars leave for Australia."

Head of Mercedes-Benz cars Dr Dieter Zetsche added that he too was confident of a strong season ahead for the team, now with Hamilton joined at the wheel by young Finn Heikki Kovalainen.

"I am confident that, with Heikki and Lewis, we'll have a very strong driver team on the track," he said. "All of us at Daimler are extremely proud of the tremendous track record of the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team. They prove once again: You can't be with Daimler or Mercedes-Benz without wanting to belong to the best - that's in the DNA of our company in a way. And that applies also for the motorsport."

 

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