McLaren - Year by Year

Everything you need to know about McLaren's F1 history from 1963 on. Follow your favourite McLaren drivers through the years and celebrate top moments.


After a slow start, become regular podium contenders, with Lando Norris and impressive rookie team mate Oscar Piastri scoring nine rostrums between them. The result is a rise to fourth overall in the constructors’ championship.



Drop to P5 in the standings behind Alpine, with Lando Norris scoring their sole podium at Imola – and 122 of their 159 points. Daniel Ricciardo fails to get to grips with the Mercedes-powered MCL36 and departs the team at the end of season.

IMOLA, ITALY - APRIL 24: Lando Norris (GBR) McLaren F1 Team, MCL35M on track during the F1 Grand


Record their first win since 2012, with Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris taking the year’s only one-two result by any team at Monza. Nevertheless, drop to fourth overall after coming off worse in season-long battle with Ferrari.



Quick and consistent, beat their upper-midfield rivals to P3 in the standings as Ferrari falter, with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris both scoring podium finishes. Agree deal to use Mercedes power from 2021.

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06: Lando Norris of Great Britain driving the (4) McLaren F1 Team MCL35


With the Renault partnership starting to gel, and rookie star Lando Norris pushing the experienced Carlos Sainz hard, re-establish themselves as clear ‘best of the rest’ behind the big three teams. Third place in Brazil marks their first podium in five years.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 17: Carlos Sainz of Spain and McLaren F1 celebrates after later being


A move to Renault power brings instant improvement and 40 points from the first five races. But that form proves hard to sustain and, despite some battling drives from Fernando Alonso, the remaining 16 Grands Prix bring just 10 more, leaving the team sixth in the final standings.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 24: Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1 prepares to drive in the


A third disappointing season with Honda engines proves to be the final straw for the revived partnership, prompting a switch to Renault power for 2018. Just 30 points are scored by Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, despite a seemingly excellent chassis - one which helps Alonso to the fastest lap of the race in Hungary.

The McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne during practice 1 of the Formula 1 Spain GP, held in the


Second season back in partnership with Honda sees much improvement, though the team are still a long way off podium contention. Improve to sixth in the standings, with the bulk of their 76 points scored by Fernando Alonso, who takes them to their best results of fifth place in Monaco and Austin. Alonso misses one race through injury, allowing a top-ten debut for team protege Stoffel Vandoorne, who replaces Jenson Button for 2017.

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 10:  Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda, Jenson Button of Great Britain


The revived combination of McLaren and Honda finds the current generation of power unit a tough nut to crack, resulting in an abysmal season despite two former champions - Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso - at the wheel. Score just 27 points as they drop to ninth in the standings.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 24:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Honda leads from team


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.

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren and Kevin Magnussen of Denmark


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.

Motorsports: FIA Formula One World Championship 2013, Grand Prix of Brazil, #6 Sergio Perez (MEX,


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.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 29:  Lewis Hamilton (C) of Great Britain and McLaren celebrates with his


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.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26:  (L-R) Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button of Great Britain and


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.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 18:  Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes celebrates on the


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.

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and McLaren Mercedes celebrates in parc


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.

British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after finishing third in his


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.

Montreal, CANADA: Pole sitter British driver Lewis Hamilton of Team McLaren passes teammate Spanish


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.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 21:  Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and McLaren-Mercedes looks on during the


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.

Kimi Raikkonen of Finland drives the #3 Team McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-21 Mercedes V8  during


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.

Finnish McLaren-Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen (C), German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher (L)


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.

McLaren-Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen steers his car ahead of German BMW-Williams driver Ralf


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

MONTREAL - JUNE 9 :  Team McClaren-Mercedes driver David Coulthard of the United Kingdom relaxes

2000 - 2001

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


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.

15 Aug 1999:  Mika Hakkinen of Finland and the McLaren-Mercedes team celebrates winning the

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.

Ayrton Senna of Brazil is given a push from circuit marshals for a restart while his teammate and

1985 - 1986

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

Alain Prost, British Grand Prix, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, 1989. Prost focuses on the job at


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.

1984:  Marlboro McLaren drivers Alain Prost of France and Niki Lauda of Austria stand on the


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

James Hunt of Great Britain drives the #11 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M23 Ford V8 during the


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

Practice session for the 1963 British Grand Prix Formula One race at Silverstone, Northamptonshire.


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

Bruce McLaren, McLaren-Ford M7A, Grand Prix of Belgium, Spa Francorchamps, 09 June 1968. (Photo by


Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd founded.

Bruce McLaren, Cooper-Climax T66, Grand Prix of France, Reims-Gueux, 30 June 1963. (Photo by