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McLaren

Full Team Name: McLaren Honda
Base: Woking, UK
Team Chief: Eric Boullier
Technical Chief: Tim Goss
Drivers: Fernando Alonso
  Jenson Button
Test Drivers: Kevin Magnussen
   
Power Unit: Honda
Tyres: Pirelli
First Season: 1966
World Championships: 8
Highest Race Finish: 1 (x182)
Pole Positions: 155
Fastest Laps: 152
McLaren-Honda MCLAREN
Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren at the McLaren Team Photo.
Formula One World Championship, Rd19, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Preparations, Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Thursday, 20 November 2014

2014

Last Mercedes-powered season (before Honda switch) proves a tough one, despite double podium at round one in Australia. Neither Button nor rookie team mate Magnussen trouble the top three again and team only secure fifth place overall at the final round.

Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren MP4-28 and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 21 April 2013

2013

After bucking trend and designing completely new car, struggle in early rounds with MP4-28 a handful for Button and new team mate Perez. 64-race point-scoring streak, stretching back to 2010, ends in Montreal. Finish season a lowly fifth overall, without a single podium finish.

Race winner Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren celebrates with his Father Anthony Hamilton (GBR) and Step Mother Linda Hamilton (GBR) and the team.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race Day, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 29 July 2012

2012

Rollercoaster form in first half of season, despite winning first round in Australia, with Button in particular struggling to get best from Pirelli tyres. Mid-season updates put MP4-27 back on pace, but despite victories for Hamilton and Button, reliability problems derail title bid.

(L to R): Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren and  team mate Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6,  Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Friday, 27 May 2011

2011

Unable to match Red Bull for qualifying speed at all but one round (Korea), but prove to be their closest rivals and for a spell edge ahead on race pace. Hamilton and Button score three wins apiece and team finish a clear second in the final standings.

Race winner Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4/25 takes the chequered flag. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Race, Shanghai, China, Sunday, 18 April 2010

2010

Car not as quick as Red Bull's, but more reliable and shines in damp conditions. Performance aided by innovative (and much copied) F-duct, which allows drivers to stall rear wing at speed. Lead standings for first half of season, but ultimately second overall after five wins.

Race winner Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 26 July 2009

2009

Tough start to season leaves Hamilton and Kovalainen struggling to score, let alone win. Hard work gradually turns MP4-24 into a race winner, with Hamilton victorious in Hungary and Singapore, helping team to well-earned third in the standings, one point above Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren celebrates his World Championship in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, 2 November 2008. © Sutton

2008

Lewis Hamilton brings team their first drivers' championship since 1999, but partnership with Heikki Kovalainen ultimately not strong enough to wrest constructors' crown from Ferrari and they finish second, 21 points shy of the Italian team.

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, United States Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Indianapolis, USA, Saturday, 16 June 2007

2007

Win eight Grands Prix, but stripped of constructors' points and fined $100 million for benefiting from possession of confidential Ferrari data. Intense rivalry sees team mates Hamilton and Alonso finish level on points - one shy of the drivers' title.

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren Mercedes MP4/21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Italian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monza, Italy, 8 September 2006

2006

Distant third in championship, despite strong race pace in second half of season. End campaign winless for first time in a decade. Kimi Raikkonen the dominant driver, Juan Pablo Montoya departing mid season for NASCAR.

Juan Pablo Montoya (COL) McLaren Mercedes MP4/20.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Brazil, 23 September 2005

2005

The MP4-20 proves the quickest car on the grid, but poor reliability means they narrowly miss out on constructors' title, despite 10 wins - two more than champions Renault. Kimi Raikkonen runner-up in drivers' championship.

David Coulthard (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/19B.
Formula One World Championship, British Grand Prix, Rd 11, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, 10 July 2004

2004

Worst start to a season in years with just five points from the first seven races. Stage strong recovery, including victory for Kimi Raikkonen in Belgium, to end the year fifth in the table.

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren Mercedes MP4/17D.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Hungary, 22 August 2003

2003

Third in the constructors' standings, just behind Williams. Kimi Raikkonen emerges as the team's key contender for the drivers' championship, losing out to Michael Schumacher at the final race in Japan.

David Coulthard (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/17 locks a wheel.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, French Grand Prix, Magny-Cours, France., 21 July 2002

2002

Pushed down to third place in the constructors' championship, behind Ferrari and Williams. David Coulthard takes fifth place in the drivers' championship.

Michael Schumacher(GER) Ferrari F1 2001, Mika Hakkinen(FIN) McLaren Mercedes MP4-16, David Coulthard(GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-16 United States Grand Prix, Indianapolis 30 September 2001. World ©  Bearne/Sutton

2000 - 2001

Finish second in both drivers' and constructors' championships two years in a row, with Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard.

Mika Hakkinen (FIN), McLaren MP4-13, celebrates winning the race and his first World Championship. Japanese GP, Suzuka, 1 November 1998. World ©  Sutton.

1998 - 1999

Dominate after successfully adapting to rule changes. Mika Hakkinen takes the drivers' championship in both seasons with McLaren taking the constructors' championship in 1998.

Alain Prost (FRA) McLaren MP4/5 walks from his car following a collision with team mate Ayrton Senna (BRA) at the entrance to the chicane. Meanwhile Senna pleads with the marshals to push start him. They did, he recovered to win, but was disqualified. Formula One World Championship, Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka, Japan. 22 October 1989. World ©  Sutton.

1988 - 1991

A period of total McLaren dominance. In 1988 Ayrton Senna takes the title from his team mate Alain Prost, with honours reversed in 1989. In 1990 Senna takes back the title and retains it in 1991.

Alain Prost (FRA) McLaren MP4/2B, 1st place. Italian Grand Prix, Monza, 8 September 1985. World © Sutton

1985 - 1986

Alain Prost takes back-to-back drivers' championships for the team.

(L to R): Race winner Niki Lauda (AUT) talks with his McLaren team mate Alain Prost (FRA), who retired on lap 38 with a broken gearbox. British Grand Prix, Rd 10, Brands Hatch, England, 22 July 1984. World © Phipps/Sutton

1984

Partnering Alain Prost, Niki Lauda takes the drivers' championship by half a point from his team mate as they win 12 of the season's 16 races.

James Hunt (GBR) McLaren M23 overcame the terrible race conditions and a puncture late in the race to take third position and the four points necessary to take his first and only World Championship title. Japanese Grand Prix, Rd 16, Fuji, Japan, 24 October 1976. World ©  Phipps/Sutton

1976

James Hunt takes the drivers' championship for the team, beating Ferrari's Niki Lauda by one point.

McLaren Directors, L to R: Bruce McLaren (NZL), Tyler Alexander (USA), Teddy Mayer (USA) and Phil Kerr (NZL) McLaren Factory, Colnbrook, England, 1970. World © Phipps/Sutton

1970

Bruce McLaren is killed at the Goodwood circuit while testing a Can-Am sportscar.

Bruce McLaren (NZL) McLaren M7A took his first Formula One victory in six years and the first victory for his McLaren team. Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps, 9 June 1968. World © Phipps/Sutton

1968

Bruce McLaren wins in Belgium, giving a first Grand Prix victory to his team, who finish second in the constructors' championship.

Bruce McLaren (NZL), Goodwood, Easter Monday, 1963. World © Phipps/Sutton

1963

Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd founded.