McLaren

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May 19, 2022

The McLaren Formula One team was founded by Bruce McLaren of New Zealand as Bruce McLaren Motor Racing to race on his own. The team debuted at the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix. After the founder's death (1970), Teddy Mayer took over the barn, and in late 1980, McLaren International was formed under the leadership of Ron Dennis. Formula One is the second most successful team with 12 individual and 8 constructor world championship titles behind Ferrari. His most successful riders are Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, who have won three world championships in the colors of the team. In addition to Formula One, the team has already competed in the 500 in Indianapolis and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2009, Ron Dennis, who had previously held a senior position, retired and was replaced by Martin Whitmarsh. However, after a lousy year in 2013, Whitmarsh was fired and replaced by Ron Dennis. From 2015 to 2017, the team used Honda engines under an exclusive deal, and in 2016, the team took over new owners who removed Ron Dennis and was replaced by Zak Brown as director alongside team leader Éric Boullier. Currently, McLaren’s engine partner is Mercedes.

Team history

1966–1969

The first McLaren race car was the McLaren M1A from 1964. Bruce McLaren Motor Racing was founded in 1963 by Bruce McLaren of New Zealand, who originally built sports cars. The team debuted in Formula One in 1966 at the Grand Prix in Monaco. The initial engine supplier was Ford. The team had only one racer in its first two seasons, founder Bruce McLaren himself, who was eliminated in the first race due to an oil leak. Next time, he only took part in the American Grand Prix, where, however, he started with a new engine, the Serenissima. With fifth place in the race, McLaren scored his first points. In the first season, the team finished ninth with two points. By 1967, the team's new engine supplier was BRM. McLaren finished fourth at the Monaco Grand Prix once a year and seventh once. He was eliminated in the other grand prizes. The McLaren team finished tenth in the constructors ’league with three points. By 1968, Bruce McLaren’s teammate was the previous year’s world champion Denny Hulme, who remained the team’s rider until 1974. The team returned this year to the Ford-Cosworth engines, which they used until 1983. Hulme won the Italian and Canadian Grand Prix, while McLaren won the Belgian Grand Prix, the team’s first race win. Bruce also won that year’s Race of Champions, which was held at Brands Hatch. From 1968, the team gave castles to several small teams. In 1969, Bruce finished third in the individual World Championships with three podium places and 26 points. However, the team’s fifth win went to Hulme at the Mexican Grand Prix. The team finished fourth in the constructors ’championship.

1970–1979

The year 1970 started very badly for the team. Denny Hulme's hands burned at the 500-year-old Indianapolis 500 exercise due to methanol leaking from his car. Peter Revson replaced him in the race. Bruce McLaren died in Goodwood on June 2, 1970, while testing the new M8D Can-Am. McLaren did not win a race in 1970 and 1971, with Jochen Rindt and Jackie Stewart dominating the years. After McLaren’s death, Hulme won the team’s first victory in 1972 at the South African Grand Prix, the M19C. Hulme finished third among the riders at the end of the year, with teammate Peter Revson. The McLaren M23, designed by Gordon Coppuck, basically featured the front of the 1973 M16 and the back of the M19. The model was already wedge-shaped, similar to the Lotus 72. Model Revson wins British and Canadian Hulme at Swedish Grand Prix