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British Formula One team based in Woking, Surrey, England, United Kingdom add

Category: Auto racing

Founded in 1963.

Countries: (29%), United Kingdom (24%), United States (7%)

Main connections: Formula One, Ron Dennis, Fernando Alonso

Linked to: Ford Motor Company, Scuderia Ferrari, Altria, Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains




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Bruce McLaren Motor Racing was founded in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren add something


Founded in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren, the team won its first Grand Prix at the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix but their greatest initial success was in Can-Am, where they dominated from 1967 to 1971 add something


The car was raced in North America and Europe in 1963 and 1964 in various G7 and USRRC events add something


Bruce won the 1964 series, but Mayer was killed in practice for the final race, prompting his brother and manager Teddy Mayer to become involved with the running of the team add something


In 1964 and 1965 McLaren were based in New Malden, Feltham before settling on premises in Colnbrook add something


Bruce McLaren - Motorsport author Eoin Young has noted that Bruce McLaren had "virtually penned his own epitaph" in his 1964 book "From the Cockpit"


Bruce McLaren - McLaren left Cooper at the end of 1965, and announced his own GP racing team, with co-driver and fellow Kiwi Chris Amon


For , after driving McLaren's sole entry for the previous two years, Bruce was joined by 1967 champion and fellow New Zealander Denny Hulme, who was already racing for McLaren in Can-Am add something


Brabham - For 1968 Austrian Jochen Rindt replaced Hulme, who had left to join McLaren


Bruce McLaren - In 1968, McLaren was joined by another fellow Kiwi Denny Hulme, who had become world champion in 1967 with Brabham


Bruce McLaren - McLaren took his fourth career win racing his own McLaren car at Spa in 1968, achieving the team's first Grand Prix win


Using an updated 'C' version on the M7, a further three podium finishes followed for Bruce in , but the team's fifth win had to wait until the last race of the 1969 championship when Hulme won the Mexican Grand Prix add something


Ferguson Research - In 1969, there was a 4WD boom in F1 with the top teams of the era, Matra MS84, Lotus 63 and McLaren, building 4WD cars using the Ferguson system


After Bruce McLaren died in a testing accident in 1970, Teddy Mayer took over and led the team to their first Formula One constructors' championship in 1974, with Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt winning the drivers' championship in 1974 and 1976 respectively add something


McLaren first contested the United States Auto Club's Indianapolis 500 race in 1970, encouraged by their tyre supplier Goodyear who wanted to break competitor Firestone's stranglehold on the event add something


When Bruce was killed testing the 1970 season's M8D, he was at first replaced by Dan Gurney, later by Peter Gethin add something


Bruce McLaren - Bruce McLaren died in 1970


Bruce McLaren - Bruce McLaren died when his Can-Am car crashed on the Lavant Straight just before Woodcote corner at Goodwood Circuit in England on 2 June 1970


For 1971 they had a new car, the M16, which driver Mark Donohue said " add something


A 1972 M8F was rebuilt as the C8 for usage in Group C racing in 1982, but saw little success add something


Faced by the greater resources of Porsche, McLaren decided to abandon Can-Am at the end of 1972 and focus solely on open-wheel racing add something


Further American triumph followed, with Indianapolis 500 wins in McLaren cars for Mark Donohue in 1972 and Johnny Rutherford in 1974 and 1976 add something


Hulme won three Can-Am races in 1972 but the McLaren M20 was defeated by the Porsche 917/10s of Mark Donohue and George Follmer add something


The 1973 event saw Johnny Rutherford join the team; he qualified on pole but finished ninth, Revson crashed out add something


McLaren won their first Indianapolis 500 in 1974 with Rutherford add something


When the original Can-Am series ceased at the end of 1974, McLaren were by far the most successful constructor with 43 wins add something


The McLaren and Rutherford combination was second in 1975 and won again in 1976 add something


Developments of the M16 had been used throughout this period until the new M24 car was introduced in 1977 add something


The team didn't reproduce their recent success at Indianapolis in 1977, 1978 or 1979, and although they continued to win other USAC races, by the end of 1979 they decided to end their involvement add something


Hunt was dropped at the end of 1978 in favour of Lotus's Ronnie Peterson, but when Peterson was killed by a crash at the Italian Grand Prix, John Watson was signed instead add something


Williams F1 - Along with Ferrari, McLaren, Benetton and Renault, Williams is one of a group of five teams that won every constructors' championship between 1979 and 2008 and every driver's championship from 1984 to 2008


In the early 1980s McLaren were involved, along with the other teams of the Formula One Constructors Association, in a dispute over control of the sport with FISA and the teams of car manufacturers Alfa Romeo, Renault and Ferrari add something


In the early 1980s, teams like Renault, Ferrari and Brabham were using 1,5-litre turbocharged engines in favour of the 3,0 litre naturally aspirated engines that had been standard since 1966 add something


BMW in Formula One - Initial discussions were held with double World Champion Niki Lauda and McLaren on the subject of a 1980 campaign, but the BMW board denied Neerpasch's request for the programme


Formula One - On the track, the McLaren and Williams teams dominated the 1980s and 1990s, with Brabham being competitive during the early part of the 1980s, winning two drivers' championships with Nelson Piquet


In 1981 McLaren merged with Ron Dennis' Project Four Racing; Dennis took over as team principal and shortly after organised a buyout of the original McLaren shareholders to take full control of the team add something


In , the Williams team were resurgent with their Honda engine and drivers Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet, whilst at McLaren, Lauda's replacement, 1982 champion Keke Rosberg couldn't gel with the car add something


Soon after the merger McLaren moved from Colnbrook to a new base in Woking and whilst Dennis and Mayer initially shared the managing directorship of the company, by 1982 Mayer had departed and his and Tyler Alexander's shareholdings had been bought by the new owners add something


Niki Lauda - Needing money to shore up his new business, in 1982 Lauda returned to racing, feeling that he still had a career in Formula One. After a successful test with McLaren, the only problem was in convincing team sponsor Marlboro that he was still capable of winning


Formula One - Since 1983, Formula One had been dominated by specialist race teams like Williams, McLaren, and Benetton, using engines supplied by large car manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Renault, and Ford


Fellow English team Williams offered the most consistent challenge during this period, the two winning every constructors' title between 1984 and 1994 add something


Formula One - Drivers from McLaren, Williams, Renault and Ferrari, dubbed the "Big Four", won every World Championship from 1984 to 2008 and the teams themselves won every Constructors' Championship from 1979 to 2008


Birrana - Pedr Davis, The Macquarie Dictionary of Motoring, 1986, page 46 Alcock was a designer builder who had previously worked for Elfin Sports Cars in Adelaide and for Brabham, Cosworth, McLaren and Cooper


Subsequent Concorde Agreements were signed in 1987 and 1992 but in 1996 McLaren were again one of the teams pitched into dispute over the terms of a new agreement, this time with former FOCA president Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Promotions and Administration organisation add something


Gerhard Berger - Berger was the only non-McLaren to take pole in 1988 when he sat on pole for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone


Honda - New partners Team McLaren won the title in 1988, 1989, 1990 and 1991


David Coulthard - A broken leg at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps put an end to his 1990 racing season, although by the end of that year he was testing for McLaren


Gerhard Berger - From 1990 to 1992 Berger joined Ayrton Senna at McLaren


Mercedes-Benz - Mercedes-Benz returned as an engine supplier in the 1990s and part-owned Team McLaren for some years, to which it has supplied engines engineered by Ilmor since 1995


His team-mate, 1991 IndyCar champion Michael Andretti, fared much worse: he scored only seven points, and was replaced by test driver Mika Häkkinen for the final three rounds of the season add something


McLaren P1 - Just like the & McLaren F1 road car of 1992, the McLaren P1 is a rear-wheel drive, mid-engine design that uses a carbon fibre monocoque and roof structure safety cage concept called MonoCage, which is a development of the MonoCell used in the current MP4-12C and MP4-12C Spider upgrade that came out in early 2012


During the 1993 season McLaren took part in a seven part BBC Television documentary called "A Season With McLaren" add something


Lamborghini - The same engine, re-badged a Chrysler, Lamborghini's then-parent company, was tested by McLaren towards the end of the 1993 season, with the intent of using it during the 1994 season


David Coulthard - Coulthard had intended to race for McLaren in 1995 but, on 14 December 1994, the FIA Contract Recognition Board ruled that "Williams Grand Prix Engineering Ltd. is the team entitled to the services of Mr. David Coulthard for the 1995 FIA Formula One World Championship season


Lewis Hamilton - Hamilton's relationship with McLaren team boss Ron Dennis dates back to 1995, with the first indication that Hamilton was unhappy with his team appearing after he finished second at Monaco in 2007


Rowan Atkinson - He has written for the British magazines "Car", "Octane", "Evo", and "SuperClassics", a short-lived UK magazine, in which he reviewed the McLaren F1 in 1995


Lewis Hamilton - In December 1995, at the age of ten, he approached McLaren team principal Ron Dennis at the Autosport Awards ceremony and told him, "I want to race for you one day


David Coulthard - During the 1996 season McLaren cars finished on the podium only five times, as the Mercedes-powered cars were simply not fast enough


McLaren rejected the Concorde Agreement of 1997 before signing a new ten-year agreement in 1998 add something


Since the change of title sponsor in 1997, "MP4" is now said to stand for "'M"'cLaren "'P"'roject "'4"'" add something


This marked the start of a decline in form as Ferrari cemented their position at the head of Formula One. In , Häkkinen was out-scored by Coulthard for the first time since 1997 and retired , his place taken by Kimi Räikkönen, in Coulthard took their solitary win at Monaco while Ferrari repeated McLaren's 1988 feat of 15 wins in a season add something


Scuderia Ferrari - For 1997, the increased reliability of the previous year's development, the F310B, led to some very strong performances when faster cars, notably the McLaren Mercedes of David Coulthard and Mika Häkkinen, retired


Sauber - The partnership would see Team McLaren Mercedes take their first win in 1997 and both titles in 1998 but left Sauber to pick up the works Ford engine deal from Benetton


With Mercedes-Benz engines, West sponsorship and former Williams designer Adrian Newey, further championships came in 1998 and 1999 with driver Mika Häkkinen and during the 2000s the team were consistent front-runners, driver Lewis Hamilton taking their latest title in 2008 add something


Jenson Button - At the end of 1998, he won the annual McLaren &Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award


Beryllium - From 1998 to 2000, the McLaren &Formula_One team used Mercedes-Benz engines with beryllium-aluminium-alloy pistons


David Coulthard - In 1998, McLaren cars won nine of the races, but it was Häkkinen who won eight of those and who took that year's title


Jenson Button - At the end of 1999, Button had his McLaren test prize at Silverstone, and tested for the Prost team


Rowan Atkinson - He owns a McLaren F1, which was involved in an accident in Cabus, near Garstang, Lancashire with an Austin Metro in October 1999


Scuderia Ferrari - In 2000 Schumacher had a close battle with rival Mika Häkkinen of McLaren but won the championship in the Ferrari F1-2000, winning 9 races out of 17 that year


Mercedes-Benz - Between 2003 and 2009, Mercedes-Benz produced a limited-production sports car with McLaren Cars


Red Bull Racing - Coulthard, after a poor 2003 and 2004 with McLaren, was a revelation for the team while Klien showed that he had vastly improved from 2004


It was not a success though, and was replaced mid-season by the MP4-19B. With this, Räikkönen scored his and the team's only win of the year at the Belgian Grand Prix, as McLaren finished fifth in the constructors' championship, their worst ranking since 1983 add something


Since 2004 the team has been based at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, United Kingdom add something


Williams F1 - At the start of the 2004 season, it was announced that Montoya would be moving to McLaren in 2005


Williams F1 - At the start of the 2004 season, it was announced that Montoya would be moving to McLaren in 2005


Lewis Hamilton - Hamilton eventually re-signed with McLaren, and made his debut with Manor in the 2004 Formula 3 Euro Series


Lewis Hamilton - Hamilton first tested for McLaren in late 2004 at Silverstone


Paul di Resta - He won the McLaren &Autosport BRDC Young Driver of The Year Award in 2004


Formula Palmer Audi - However, having produced nominees for the prestigious McLaren &Autosport BRDC Award for five consecutive years from 2004 to 2008, including 2007 winner Stefan Wilson, FPA began to re-emerge as a viable option for young aspiring drivers on the path to Formula One


Williams F1 - For the 2005 season, Schumacher moved to Toyota, while Montoya moved to McLaren


Bruno Senna - In 2005, he moved on to the British Formula Three International Series, driving for the Räikkönen Robertson Racing team owned by then-McLaren Formula One driver Kimi Räikkönen and his business managers David and Steve Robertson


David Coulthard - With the announcement that Juan Pablo Montoya was to join McLaren in 2005 alongside Räikkönen, 2004 was to be Coulthard's last year with the team


Alexander Wurz - In April 2005, with Juan Pablo Montoya injured, Wurz drove for McLaren in the 2005 San Marino Grand Prix, finishing fourth in the race, but taking third place after both BAR-Honda drivers were disqualified


Red Bull Racing - On 8 November 2005, Red Bull Racing poached Adrian Newey, the highly successful McLaren technical director


Scuderia Ferrari - In December 2005 Vodafone announced that it was withdrawing its sponsorship of Ferrari in favour of title sponsorship of McLaren beginning in 2007


Fernando Alonso - On 19 December 2005, Alonso announced that he would be moving to McLaren for 2007


Steve Matchett argued that the poor reliability of McLaren in 2006 and recent previous years was due to a lack of team continuity and stability add something


Mike Conway - Conway won the National Racing Driver of the Year Award at the 2006 McLaren &Autosport Awards


Lewis Hamilton - His 2006 GP2 championship coincided with a vacancy at McLaren following the departure of Juan Pablo Montoya to NASCAR and Kimi Räikkönen to Ferrari


Heikki Kovalainen - Renault's lead driver Fernando Alonso had signed for McLaren for the season, and Renault elected to promote Kovalainen in his place, which they confirmed on 6 September 2006


Fernando Alonso - However, on 15 December 2006, Alonso was allowed by Flavio Briatore and the Renault F1 Team to test for one day for McLaren at Jerez, as a result of his successes with Renault


Dennis co-owns the Group along with Techniques d'Avant Garde and Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, a company owned by Bahrain, which has been a minority shareholder since 2007 add something


In 2007 McLaren were involved in an espionage controversy after their chief designer Mike Coughlan obtained confidential technical information from Ferrari add something


Lewis Hamilton - After winning the British Formula Renault, Formula Three Euroseries, and GP2 championships on his way up the racing career ladder, he drove for McLaren in 2007, making his Formula One debut 12 years after his initial encounter with Dennis


Heikki Kovalainen - At the end of the 2007 season Fernando Alonso returned to Renault, and Kovalainen was left with offers from Toyota and McLaren


Vodafone - In 2007, Vodafone entered into a title sponsorship deal with the McLaren Formula One team, which has since traded as "Vodafone McLaren Mercedes"


Santander UK - Santander announced a sponsorship detail with the McLaren &Formula_One team in 2007


David Coulthard - Technical director Adrian Newey joined the team from McLaren to design the 2007 car


Fernando Alonso - The design is turned upside down again when he moved to McLaren in 2007


Fernando Alonso - Alonso debuted with the new McLaren car on 15 January 2007, in the streets of Valencia


Fernando Alonso - On 8 April 2007 in his second race for the team, Alonso secured his first win for McLaren, and the team's first since 2005, by leading the majority of the


Fernando Alonso - On 7 August 2007 "The Times" reported that McLaren would let Alonso leave the team at the end of the season if he wished, two years earlier than his contract allowed


Fernando Alonso - On 2 November 2007, after a turbulent year with McLaren, it was announced that McLaren and Alonso had mutually agreed to terminate his contract and that he would be free to join any team for 2008 without paying McLaren any compensation


Lewis Hamilton - The rivalry between Hamilton and teammate Alonso led to speculation that one of the pair would leave McLaren at the end of the 2007 season and Alonso and McLaren subsequently terminated their contract by mutual consent on 2 November 2007


Renault in Formula One - On 8 November 2007 the FIA accused Renault F1 of having McLaren F1 technical information in their possession


Williams F1 - Rosberg was confirmed as staying with Williams until the end of on 9 December 2007, ending speculation that he could take Fernando Alonso's vacated seat at McLaren


Heikki Kovalainen - On 14 December 2007 it was confirmed that Kovalainen would replace Alonso once again and drive for McLaren Mercedes in , alongside Lewis Hamilton


Formula One - After not being able to secure a package from McLaren, &Prodrive's intention to enter the 2008 season was dropped after Williams threatened legal action against them


Fernando Alonso - Alonso was linked with several teams for the 2008 season after his split with McLaren


Formula One - Factory teams make up the top competitive teams; in 2008 wholly owned factory teams took four of the top five positions in the Constructors' Championship, and McLaren the other


Heikki Kovalainen - After his first official testing session occurred on 9 January 2008 at Jerez, Kovalainen made his McLaren race début at the , where he was quickest in the first qualifying session and started third on the grid behind Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica


Stirling Moss - In December 2008, McLaren-Mercedes unveiled their final model of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren


Santander Group - The group had announced on 1 December 2008 that their Formula One sponsorship deal with McLaren would end in 2010, when Santander would become Ferrari's main sponsor


Before the start of the 2009 season, Dennis retired as team principal, handing responsibility to Martin Whitmarsh add something


In 2009 Dennis retired as team principal of McLaren handing the former role to longtime McLaren employee Martin Whitmarsh add something


Paul di Resta - Di Resta tested for the McLaren &Formula_One team, and was in the frame for a drive with the Force India team for the 2009 season due to the teams' shared engine supplier, Mercedes-Benz


Mercedes-Benz - McLaren ceased production of the SLR in 2009 and went on to develop its own car, the McLaren MP4-12C, launched in 2011


Jessica Michibata - Michibata has been dating British Formula One driver Jenson Button since 2009, and can often be seen in the McLaren pits during his races


Lewis Hamilton - On 18 March 2009, Madame Tussauds unveiled a waxwork of Hamilton in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes race suit


Santander Group - However, in September 2009, Santander announced it would continue to sponsor McLaren alongside Ferrari due to its brand awareness in the UK rising from 20 to 82 percent


Jenson Button - Following the buy-out of Brawn by Mercedes, Button announced on 18 November 2009 that he would be leaving the team to move to McLaren for the season


Jenson Button - For 2010, he moved to McLaren, partnering fellow British racer and former World Champion Lewis Hamilton


Formula One - Hence, during the 2010 season Mercedes Benz re-entered the sport as a manufacturer after its purchase of Brawn GP, and split with McLaren after 15 seasons with the team


David Coulthard - In 2010 while working on air for the BBC F1 coverage, he admitted that Ferrari had approached him for a drive while he was racing with McLaren


Button finished the driver's championship in second place with 270 points behind 2011 Driver's Champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing, ahead of Hamilton's 227 points add something


Daimler AG - At the end of 2011 McLaren Group completely bought back the stocks from Daimler


Gemballa - Gemballa established its racing division called "'Gemballa Racing"' in 2011, using McLaren MP4-12C GT3 vehicles instead of Porsches


Daimler AG - Ross Brawn will remain team principal and the team will be based in Brackley, UK. However the purchase of Brawn meant that Daimler back its stake in McLaren in stages that ended in 2011


Jenson Button - Button remained at McLaren for the 2012 season, again partnering Hamilton


Lewis Hamilton - Hamilton remained at McLaren alongside Button for the 2012 season


Lewis Hamilton - On 28 September 2012, it was announced after much speculation that Hamilton would be leaving McLaren after the 2012 season to join Mercedes for the season onwards, partnering Nico Rosberg after signing a three-year contract with the team


Sergio Pérez replaced Hamilton for 2013, with Hamilton replacing Michael Schumacher at Mercedes add something


The arrangement was due to last until , although the team announced at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix that their partnership would conclude at the end of the 2013 season add something


Formula One - Both Ferrari and McLaren of the 2013 season used a pullrod suspension at both the front and the rear


Stoffel Vandoorne - In February 2013, Vandoorne joined McLaren's Young Driver Programme


Jenson Button - In March 2013, Button announced that he intends to stay with McLaren until he retires


Honda in Formula One - On the 17 May 2013 Honda announced their intention to return to the sport in the 2015 Formula One season under a works agreement with McLaren to supply V6 engine and KERS units


Jenson Button - After a difficult 2013 season with McLaren, it was announced in November 2013 that Danish driver, Kevin Magnussen will replace Sergio Pérez as Button's teamate for the 2014 season


Kevin Magnussen - On 14 November 2013 it was confirmed that Magnussen would drive for McLaren for the 2014 season, replacing Sergio Perez


Kevin Magnussen replaced Pérez for 2014 add something


Kevin Magnussen - He is a member of the & McLaren Formula One team's Young Driver Programme, and will drive for McLaren in the 2014 Formula One World Championship


Jenson Button - He is set to spend a 5th season with the McLaren team in 2014, his 14th in Formula 1 so far


McLaren Group - However Mercedes will continue to supply engines to McLaren until 2014


Martin Whitmarsh - In January 2014 Whitmarsh was ousted from his position as CEO of McLaren Racing and replaced by his predecessor Ron Dennis


Stoffel Vandoorne - In January 2014 he was announced as a third driver for McLaren F1 taking up driving duties in the GP2 Series for ART Grand Prix


McLaren were the first team to officially launch their 2014 car, the MP4-29, which was revealed on 24 January 2014 add something


In October 2014, Ron Dennis announced his sporting director for Mclaren Racing, Sam Michael, is leaving the UK to emigrate to his birthplace, Australia with his family, and therefore quitting his role at McLaren Racing add something


Honda are due to replace Mercedes as McLaren's engine supplier from the 2015 season add something


From 2017, the naming scheme of the cars changed to "MCL" followed by a number, following Ron Dennis' departure from the team add something


In February 2017, McLaren signed Lando Norris to their Young Drivers Program add something


As of 22 February 2017, the following drivers are a part of the McLaren Young Driver Programme: add something


On 12 April 2017, McLaren revealed they will participate in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with their current Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso at the wheel of a Honda powered Andretti Autosport IndyCar add something


On 15 September 2017, McLaren confirmed that they would end their partnership with Honda at the end of the 2017 season and use engines supplied by Renault add something


On 6 November 2017, the team announced that Lando Norris would be the team's test and reserve driver add something


McLaren have announced that Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne will remain with the team for the 2018 season add something


On 4 July 2018, Boullier resigned and Gil de Ferran was appointed to the new position of sporting director and Andrea Stella as Performance Director add something


On 14 August 2018, Fernando Alonso announced he would not compete in Formula One in 2019, ending his four-year spell at the team add something


On 3 September 2018, it was announced that Stoffel Vandoorne would be leaving the team at the end of the season add something


On 10 November 2018, McLaren announced that they would participate in the 2019 Indianapolis 500 with Fernando Alonso again at the wheel add something


As of 9 February 2019, the following drivers were part of the McLaren Young Driver Programme: add something


As of 18 February 2019, the following drivers were part of the McLaren Young Driver Programme: add something