McLaren Racing (mah-CLA-ren) are a British constructor currently competing in Formula One. Founded in 1963 by Bruce McLaren, the team entered the Formula One World Championship in 1966 and have competed every season since.
The team are among the most successful in Formula One history, having won 8 constructors titles and produced 7 World Drivers' champions, winning 12 Drivers' Championships in total.
After three unsuccessful years in their renewed partnership with Honda since 2015, the team have used Renault engines starting from 2018. Their drivers for 2020 are Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.
History[edit | edit source]
Before F1[edit | edit source]
In 1962, F1 driver, Bruce McLaren announced his intention to make a racing team that he himself would race in the lower racing levels when he was not participating in F1. That year he met up with Timmy and Teddy Mayer, two American brothers who had migrated to Europe wanting to perform in the racing events there. The younger of the two Timmy was a racing driver while his three year older brother, Teddy acted as his race engineer. McLaren met up with the two at the 1962 United States Grand Prix where Timmy was participating in a one-off event with the Cooper F1 Team, a team McLaren was racing for at the time in F1. This race the trio agreed to create the McLaren Racing Team for the 1963 season.
Participating in Formula 2 events in Australia and New Zealand, Teddy Mayer and Bruce McLaren were Team Principals while McLaren also acted as race driver as well with Timmy Mayer alongside him. McLaren was only able to participate on occasion due to his F1 commitments, so it was left to the Mayer brothers to run the team usually. The team used Cooper F2 chassis to race with which Bruce bought from his F1 boss and friend, John Cooper, the trio labelled the car the M1.
The 1964 season was tragically marred by the death of Timmy Mayer who was killed while racing the McLaren M1 in the Tasman Series in Tasmania, Australia. This was a setback for the team as they had lost their main driver and with Bruce only able to race on occasion meaning the team could only race part time in 1964. The following season however, the team had found a replacement with a fellow Kiwi to Bruce McLaren, Chris Amon, another F1 driver who in 1965 was left without an F1 drive for most of the season except for a few occasions where he was able to participate on one off appearances with some of the smaller teams.
Bruce also intended to enter the F1 Championship for the 1966 season and employed young designer, Robin Herd to design the M2 chassis which would be used for the 1966 season.
Key Personnel[edit | edit source]
|President of McLaren||Ron Dennis||2009–2016|
|CEO of McLaren Racing||Zak Brown||2018-present|
|Team Principal||Timmy Mayer||1963–1964|
|Technical Director||Robin Herd||1966–1968|
|Neil Oatley||1992–2003 (as chief designer)
2003-present (as executive director of engineering)
McLaren Young Driver Programme[edit | edit source]
Current Driver[edit | edit source]
- Sérgio Sette Câmara (2019 -
Past Drivers[edit | edit source]
- Lewis Hamilton (2000 - 2006)
- Cheng Congfu (2003 - 2006)
- Giedo van der Garde (2006 - 2010)
- Oliver Rowland (2007 - 2010)
- Alexander Albon (2010)
- Jack Harvey (2010)
- Petri Suvanto (2010)
- Oliver Turvey (2010 - 2011)
- Kevin Magnussen (2010 - 2013)
- Ben Barnicoat (2010 - 2015)
- Nyck de Vries (2010 - 2018)
- Tom Blomqvist (2012)
- Stoffel Vandoorne (2013 - 2016)
- Nobuharu Matsushita (2015 - 2017)
- Lando Norris (2017 - 2018)
Formula One Record[edit | edit source]
Team names[edit | edit source]
|1966–1971||Bruce McLaren Motor Racing|
|1972–1973||Team Yardley McLaren|
Yardley Team McLaren
|1974–1975||Marlboro Team Texaco|
|1976–1980||Marlboro Team McLaren|
|1982–1987||Marlboro McLaren International|
|1988–1992||Honda Marlboro McLaren|
|1994||Marlboro McLaren Peugeot|
|1995–1996||Marlboro McLaren Mercedes|
|1997–2005||West McLaren Mercedes|
|2005–2006||Team McLaren Mercedes|
|2007–2013||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes|
|2018–present||McLaren F1 Team|
Year-by-year[edit | edit source]
Drivers' Champions in bold.
‡ McLaren lost their points from the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix due to team infringements, although the drivers kept their points and Fernando Alonso was deducted five places on the grid. Without this, McLaren would have finished with 218 points. Without this and the exclusion, McLaren would have won the constructors' title.
Complete Formula One record[edit | edit source]
Wins[edit | edit source]
- Main article: McLaren Racing/Results
McLaren Driver Grand Prix Count[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- "McLaren-Honda split after three years of troubled partnership". BBC Sport. 15 September 2017. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/41248320. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
|V T E||List of World Constructors' Champions|
1968: Lotus-Ford Cosworth
1969: Matra-Ford Cosworth
|1970: Lotus-Ford Cosworth
1971: Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
1972: Lotus-Ford Cosworth
1973: Lotus-Ford Cosworth
1974: McLaren-Ford Cosworth
1978: Lotus-Ford Cosworth
1980: Williams-Ford Cosworth
1981: Williams-Ford Cosworth
|2010: Red Bull-Renault
2011: Red Bull-Renault
2012: Red Bull-Renault
2013: Red Bull-Renault
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