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F1's Greatest Constructors: McLaren

The third in the series looking at the greatest F1 teams. F1’s Greatest Constructors: McLaren

india Updated: Oct 05, 2011 02:10 IST
Hindustan Times

Summary: Founded at a time when owning your own team and getting behind the wheel was a growing trend, McLaren evolved under Teddy Mayer and later under Ron Dennis into a team that epitomises professionalism in the F1 pitlane. The second most successful team in F1 history has also had some of the best drivers of all time get behind the wheel of their cars.

Important cars
M23 (1974-78):
The first championship winning McLaren was driven to title glory by Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt in 1974 and 1976.

MP4/1 (1981): The first F1 car with a chassis made entirely out of carbon fibre. Updated versions of the car raced until the 1983 season.

MP4/4 (1988): The 'low-line' design car that was powered by Honda's all-conquering turbocharged engine won all but one of the season's 16 races, clinched by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

MP4/13 (1998): The Mercedes-Benz powered car allowed Mika Hakkinen to end McLaren's drought of world titles that had lasted since the 1992 season.

MP4/20 (2005): The last great Adrian Newey design was as fast as it was unreliable. Kimi Raikkonen won as many races as Fernando Alonso but lost the title by 21 points.

F1’s Greatest Constructors: McLaren

First Published: Oct 05, 2011 00:38 IST

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