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McLaren Racing Limited

McLaren Racing Limited

McLaren Racing Limited is a British Formula One team based in Surrey, England.

The team is the second oldest active team (after Ferrari) and one of the most successful teams in Formula One, having won 182 races, 12 drivers’ championships and 8 constructors’ championships.

McLaren is best known as a Formula One constructor but has also competed and won in the Indianapolis 500 and Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am).

McLaren Team Summary

Name McLaren
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
First Race Monaco Grand Prix May 22nd 1966
Last Race Brazilian Grand Prix Nov 25th 2012
First Pole Canadian Grand Prix Sep 24th 1972
Last Pole Brazilian Grand Prix Nov 25th 2012
First Win Belgian Grand Prix Jun 9th 1968
Last Win Brazilian Grand Prix Nov 25th 2012
First Podium Spanish Grand Prix May 12th 1968
Last Podium Brazilian Grand Prix Nov 25th 2012
User Ranking 2450

Origin

Bruce McLaren Motor Racing was founded in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren. Bruce was a driver for the British Formula One team Cooper with whom he had won three Grands Prix. He had come second in the 1960 world championship.

A disagreement over engine sizes for competition in the Australasian Tasman Series led Bruce to set up his own team with potential Formula One team-mate Timmy Mayer in custom-built Cooper cars.  Mayer was killed in practice for the final race, prompting his brother and manager Teddy Mayer to become involved with the new team.

During this period Bruce drove for his team in sports car races in the United Kingdom and North America and also entered the 1965 Tasman Series. He continued to drive in Grand Prix for Cooper until he made the decision to race his own cars in Grands Prix from 1966.

Bruce McLaren died in a testing accident in 1970 at the Goodwood circuit while testing a Can-Am sports car (McLaren had successes in many auto sport series’). After this Teddy Mayer took over the team.

Formula One

The McLaren team won its first Grand Prix at the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix. That same season they finished second in the constructor’s championship.

After the early 70’s focus on other racing series’ and after McLaren’s death, Teddy Mayer led the team to their first Formula One constructors’ championship in 1974, with Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt winning the drivers’ championship in 1974 and 1976 respectively.

In 1981 McLaren merged with Ron Dennis’ Project Four Racing. Dennis took over as team principal (a post he’d hold until 2009) and shortly after took full control of the team.

With Porsche and Honda engines and drivers Niki Lauda, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna McLaren took seven drivers’ championships and six constructors’ championships during this period.

Fellow English team Williams offered the most consistent opposition during this era. The two teams won every constructor’s championship title between 1984 and 1994.

They experienced a dip in form in the mid-1990s when Senna moved to Williams. The late 90’s and early 00’s saw the team as consistent front-runners. Lewis Hamilton won their most recent title in 2008 and they’ve been in the top 5 for the majority of the driver and constructor titles of the past 12 years.

Drivers during this period include Mika Häkkinen, David Coulthard, Kimi Raikkonen, Heikki Kovalainen, Lewis Hamilton and the current team of Jensen Button and Sergio Pérez.

Early 2012 saw Button struggling to get to grips with Pirelli Tyres. Mid-season improvements helped the MP4-27 but reliability problems continued and meant they did not secure the title.

Trivia

McLaren is best known as a Formula One constructor but has also competed and won in the Indianapolis 500 and Canadian-American Challenge Cup (Can-Am).

The team developed the innovative (and much copied) F-duct which allows a driver to cause the car’s rear wing to enter a stalled state at high speed. The reduced aerodynamic drag can allow as much as an extra 6 mph in the straights. Red Bull Racing complained to the FIA about the legality of this device.

2007 was a controversial year for McLaren. They won eight Grands Prix, but were stripped of constructors’ points and fined $100 million for being in possession of confidential Ferrari data.

McLaren Team Stats

Races 726
Race Starts 723
Drivers' Titles 12
Constructors' Titles 8
Victories 182
Poles 155
Podiums 390
Points 4800.5
Fastest Laps 150
Laps 76210
Laps Led 603
One/two finishes 47

McLaren Season History

19661967196819691970197119721973
88245633
19741975197619771978197919801981
13238796
19821983198419851986198719881989
25112211
19901991199219931994199519961997
11224444
19981999200020012002200320042005
12223352
2006200720082009201020112012 
31123223 

Current Drivers

Jenson Button – Profile Here

Sergio Pérez – Profile Here

McLaren Driver History

Driver Races 1st 2nd 3rd Podiums Poles Laps Fastest Lead Points
United Kingdom David Coulthard 150 12 21 18 51 7 7755 14 0 412
Finland Mika Häkkinen 131 20 14 17 51 26 6277 25 0 407
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 110 21 16 12 49 26 6065 11 379 913
France Alain Prost 107 30 21 12 63 10 5832 24 0 458.5
Brazil Ayrton Senna 96 35 12 8 55 46 5157 12 0 451
Finland Kimi Räikkönen 87 9 15 12 36 11 4253 19 0 337
New Zealand Denny Hulme 86 6 5 10 21 1 4862 5 0 174
United Kingdom John Watson 73 4 4 5 13 0 3717 3 0 109
Austria Niki Lauda 58 8 6 1 15 0 2783 8 0 128
United Kingdom Jenson Button 58 8 10 7 25 1 3223 6 224 672
Germany Jochen Mass 49 1 1 6 8 0 2361 2 0 64
United Kingdom James Hunt 49 9 2 3 14 14 2241 5 0 117
Austria Gerhard Berger 48 3 7 8 18 4 2323 7 0 135
Finland Heikki Kovalainen 35 1 1 1 3 1 1799 2 0 75
New Zealand Bruce McLaren 34 1 4 2 7 0 1791 0 0 60
France Patrick Tambay 28 0 0 0 0 0 1232 0 0 8
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi 28 5 6 2 13 2 1567 1 0 100
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 26 3 2 2 7 2 1268 1 0 86
United Kingdom Peter Revson 23 2 2 4 8 1 1402 0 0 61
Spain Fernando Alonso 17 4 4 4 12 2 1039 3 0 109
United States Brett Lunger 17 0 0 0 0 0 826 0 0 0
United Kingdom Martin Brundle 16 0 1 1 2 0 672 0 0 16
Finland Keke Rosberg 16 0 1 0 1 1 697 0 0 22
Sweden Stefan Johansson 16 0 2 3 5 0 771 0 0 30
United Kingdom Mark Blundell 15 0 0 0 0 0 798 0 0 13
United Kingdom Peter Gethin 14 0 0 0 0 0 629 0 0 1
Italy Andrea de Cesaris 14 0 0 0 0 0 448 0 0 1
United States Michael Andretti 13 0 0 1 1 0 427 0 0 7
United Kingdom Mike Hailwood 11 0 0 1 1 0 566 0 0 12
Sweden Jo Bonnier 11 0 0 0 0 0 375 0 0 1
Spain Pedro de la Rosa 9 0 1 0 1 0 456 1 0 23
United States Dan Gurney 6 0 0 0 0 0 264 0 0 4
South Africa Jody Scheckter 6 0 0 0 0 0 247 0 0 0
Italy Bruno Giacomelli 6 0 0 0 0 0 309 0 0 0
Italy Andrea de Adamich 5 0 0 0 0 0 216 0 0 0
United Kingdom John Surtees 4 0 0 0 0 0 229 1 0 1
United Kingdom Vic Elford 4 0 0 0 0 0 203 0 0 3
Brazil Nelson Piquet 3 0 0 0 0 0 60 0 0 0
United Kingdom Jackie Oliver 3 0 0 0 0 0 108 0 0 0
United Kingdom David Hobbs 3 0 0 0 0 0 162 0 0 0
United Kingdom Brian Redman 3 0 0 0 0 0 129 0 0 4
United Kingdom Nigel Mansell 2 0 0 0 0 0 79 0 0 0
Spain Emilio de Villota 2 0 0 0 0 0 120 0 0 0
South Africa Dave Charlton 2 0 0 0 0 0 147 0 0 0
Belgium Jacky Ickx 1 0 0 1 1 0 14 0 0 4
United Kingdom Derek Bell 1 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0
France Philippe Alliot 1 0 0 0 0 0 21 0 0 0
Denmark Jan Magnussen 1 0 0 0 0 0 81 0 0 0
Canada Gilles Villeneuve 1 0 0 0 0 0 66 0 0 0
South Africa Basil van Rooyen 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0 0 0
Austria Alexander Wurz 1 0 0 1 1 0 62 0 0 6
United States Mark Donohue 1 0 0 1 1 0 64 0 0 4

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