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McLAREN IN FORMULA 1

The McLaren Formula 1 team is rich in heritage, having been formed in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren. Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Limited as it was then known set to work on building a Formula 1 car, and three years later the team made its debut at the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix.

The team scored their first race win in 1968, when Bruce McLaren piloted a McLaren-Ford to victory. Tragically though the New Zealander lost his life at a Can Am testing accident at the Goodwood Circuit in 1970, but the team continued his legacy, winning races in Formula 1 and expanding into Indy and Can-Am Racing.

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In 1974 the team celebrated its first Formula 1 Drivers' and Constructors' Championship win, with Emerson Fittipaldi in the McLaren-Ford M23. The next Drivers' Championship came courtesy of English driver James Hunt, behind the wheel of the McLaren-Ford M23 in 1976.

To date the team has achieved the highest number of double race wins of any pair of Formula 1 drivers with team-mates Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost notching up 14 wins between them in the 1988 / 89 season. The Senna / Prost partnership also holds the accolade for the most grands prix wins in a season. In 1988 the pair won 15 out of the 16 races on the calendar.

The team has won four consecutive Drivers' and Constructors' Championships (1988-1991) and secured eight Constructors' World Championship titles, the first of which was in 1974. Today the team now has a record 11 Drivers' World Championship titles and eight Constructor's World Championships.


FORMULA 1 STATISTICS

  • Number of races - 637
  • Grand Prix victories - 158
  • Formula 1 Drivers' World Championships - 11
  • Formula 1 Constructors' World Championships - 8
  • Pole Positions - 135
  • Podiums - 422
  • Double Wins (1-2s) - 44
  • Fastest Laps - 136
  • (correct after 2008 Monaco Grand Prix)

Driver
Wins*
Championships*
Year
Lewis Hamilton
6
0
 
Fernando Alonso
4
0
 
Kimi Raikkonen
9
0
Juan Pablo Montoya
3
0
David Coulthard
12
0
Mika Hakkinen
20
2
1998,1999
Ayrton Senna
35
3
1988, 1990, 1991
Gerhard Berger
3
0
Alain Prost
30
3
1985,1986, 1989
Niki Lauda
8
1
1984
John Watson
4
0
James Hunt
9
1
1976
Jochen Mass
1
0
Emerson Fittipaldi
5
1
1974
Denny Hulme
6
0
Peter Revson
2
0
Bruce McLaren
1
0
Total
157
11

*Whilst driving for McLaren


8 Formula 1 Constructor's World Championships

Constructor Season
McLaren Ford 1974
McLaren TAG Porsche Turbo 1984, 1985
McLaren Honda Turbo 1988
McLaren Honda 1989, 1990,1991
Team McLaren Mercedes 1998

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