Fernando Alonso: The Ferrari years. Part 5 of the biographical series featuring the career of McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso. Read it here.
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The arrival of Fernando Alonso at McLaren in 2007 was celebrated with one of the biggest and most extravagant new car launches Formula 1 had ever seen. More than 100,000 spectators lined the streets of Valencia – an ancient Mediterranean city made impressively modern through a massive construction programme – to witness a floodlit F1 street demonstration with Spaniard Fernando Alonso and rookie Le…
McLaren-Honda. For all Formula 1 fans, there’s something inescapably special about the way those two words sit alongside each other. For McLaren fans in particular, it evokes an era when our fabulous red and white racing cars were driven by icons Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost – and were usually driven to victory, too
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CNN International, the world’s leader in international news, and McLaren Technology Group announced today that CNN is confirmed as a new McLaren-Honda partner for the 2015 Formula 1 season and beyond.
CNN International and McLaren Technology Group enter multi-year partnership ahead of 2015 Formula 1 season CNN International, the world’s leader in international news, and McLaren Technology Group announced today that CNN is confirmed as a new McLaren-Honda partner for the 2015 Formula 1 season and beyond. The multi-year global partnership brings together two world-class pioneering brands, both of…
At the start of the century, Formula 1 was in need of a shake-up. Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher had demolished the opposition with five consecutive world titles and the sport was crying out for a new, young star to break the domination. The saviour was the emerging talent from the Asturias region of Spain, who was already the sport’s youngest winner of a grand prix
I am absolutely delighted that I will be writing a regular monthly blog on throughout 2015. I still follow modern-day Formula 1 very closely, as you would expect, but I intend the writing I will do for McLaren this year to focus on my own racing days. I drove for the team from 1993 until 2001, winning 20 Grands Prix and two Drivers’ World Championships in that time (1998 and 1…
For 2015,’s new monthly blogger will be double Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen. Mika won both of his world championships for McLaren – in 1998 and 1999.
After Fernando Alonso had won the Formula Nissan series at his first attempt, his prize was a Minardi test at Fiorano, in which he was studiously watched by a number of F1 teams – including officials from Ferrari. Minardi’s sporting director Cesare Fiorio was on the look out for fresh talent for the 2001 Formula 1 season and the experienced campaigner was immediately struck by the talented Alonso,…
Fernando Alonso can thank his older sister Lorena for sparking his passion for racing. She didn’t show any interest in playing with the kart their father, José Luis Alonso, had built for her. But as a young toddler, Fernando took a shine to the machine and as his father towed him around a makeshift track, his desire for speed intensified.
With the New Year festivities a fading memory and Christmas decorations packed away our attention is now fully focussed on the 2015 F1 season. However, fans and media alike have to be patient, because these days January is a quiet month, at least on the surface. Behind the scenes it’s anything but as McLaren and the other teams are working flat out to ready their new cars for testing, which will k…
A review of McLaren's 2014 Formula 1 season, from the MP4-29 car launch to the announcement of the 2015 McLaren-Honda driver line-up. Read it here.
On the surface, this year’s MP4-29 chassis was a logical evolution of last year’s car. However, the new-for-2014 powertrain regulations – which saw the end of the 2.4-litre, naturally aspirated V8 era, which began in 2006, and the introduction of all-new 1.6-litre turbo V6 with sophisticated energy recovery systems – meant a thorough overhaul of the design. Valuable lessons learned during ’13 were…
Why should we leave it to the summer to host all the best sporting contests? If the Olympics and the World Cup have become synonymous with sunny celebrations in the outdoors, we at McLaren wanted to create a sporting event that could be enjoyed indoors, on your computer, probably while nursing a warm cup of tea and recovering from a heavy winter cold. In that spirit, we present #McLarenBattles – a…
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On the 11th December 2014, McLaren-Honda, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were united at the McLaren Technology Centre for the first time. We invite you join us behind the doors of the MTC, as our new era in Formula 1 begins.
2007 Malaysian Grand Prix INLINE-MEDIA BIG The newly crowned double world champion’s speed in the McLaren MP4-22 was clear to see right from the word go. Fernando Alonso arrived in Malaysia, the second round on the 2007 calendar, buoyed by his runner-up spot in the season-opener in Melbourne. However, he knew that the challenge from Ferrari would be significant
Get the lowdown on 2015 McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso. Find out more about the double world-champion’s career to date.
McLaren-Honda is delighted to announce its new driver line-up for 2015: Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, with Kevin Magnussen test and reserve driver.
To celebrate the beginning of a new McLaren-Honda era, test and reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne wound back the clock and took Ayrton Senna’s championship-winning McLaren-Honda MP4/4 and MP4/6 for a spin around Silverstone.  Firing up the cars and sending them out of the garage looks like a relatively simple operation – but looks can be deceiving.
In golf, they call it the ‘19th hole’ – the clubhouse where weary players convene to swap stories and share a drink or two at the end of a day on the fairway. In Scotland, the 19th hole is a well-known tradition – after all, the country is not only home to some of the most challenging golf courses in the world, but also to John Walker & Sons’ once-family-run distillery, which became the most famou…
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words – so we’ll spare you the 49,000-word essay and just let you get stuck into this jaw-dropping 49-image gallery of the greatest shots of the season, all taken by some of the best photographers in Formula 1. In 2014, our photography team were everywhere; snapping the smiles of the fans whenever our drivers took part in a signing session, catching the intens…
A selection of our favourite fan pictures from the 2014 F1 season.  Thanks for all your continuing support, you guys are great.
Any brand that has existed for more than half a century will have undergone many changes of identity. Not least McLaren, whose current corporate identity bears little resemblance to its first.
Date Wednesday November 26 2014 Driver Stoffel Vandoorne Location Yas Marina Circuit (5.554km) Laps/km  2/11.10 Best laptime  N/A Programme Despite successfully firing up before the track opened at 9am, our morning programme was scuppered by a hard-to-find electrical issue, which stopped our progress while we traced the cause.  In the afternoon, the team got the car on the track – Stoffel successf…
View the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix photo gallery by multi award winning photographer Darren Heath on the Official McLaren Formula 1 website.
Date Tuesday November 25 2014 Driver Stoffel Vandoorne Location Yas Marina Circuit (5.554km) Laps/km  3/16.662 Best laptime  N/A Programme Today was a historic occasion for both McLaren and Honda – it was the first proper run for the interim MP4-29H/1X1 – the chassis we’ve developed to test Honda’s new V6 turbo engine and undertake various systems checks ahead of 2015. An electronics issue meant t…
As the newly forged McLaren-Honda team gets set for two days of testing in Abu Dhabi, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the MP4-29H/1X1 in its inaugural run at Silverstone earlier this month. The new era McLaren-Honda car was also joined by a couple of old friends, the MP4/4 and MP4/6.
A selection of images from the 2014 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. View the gallery here.
On November 14 2014, a contemporary McLaren-Honda racecar powered onto the track for the first time in nearly a quarter of a century. Our last race as partners was at the 1992 Australian Grand Prix – a race that we won, incidentally – and every day brings us closer to our new era together. The atmosphere in the pit garage at Silverstone on that damp November filming day was utterly electric – ever…
McLaren Formula 1 team reaction to the 2014 F1 season finale. Read the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix official race report here.
The official McLaren Formula 1 FP3 and Qualifying Report from the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Read the team reaction here.
“Today has given us a positive direction for the future” Yas Marina Circuit, Friday November 21 KEVIN MAGNUSSEN, MP4-29-01 FP1 1m46.049s (+2.573s) 23 laps 11th FP2 1m42.895s (+0.782s)  37 laps 3rd “It hasn’t been a bad day, all in all. I tried out our new front wing during both today’s sessions, and it felt different, which is good. Fortunately, we managed to get a lot of testing of it done, and w…
To celebrate 20 years of partnership with Mobil 1 we’ve selected some of the greatest milestones over the past two decades. Enjoy our gallery.
McLaren Group and KPMG have announced today a strategic alliance which will apply McLaren Applied Technologies’ (‘MAT’) predictive analytics and technology to KPMG’s audit and advisory services. Under the terms of the 10 year agreement, KPMG becomes the ‘Pioneer’ Innovation Partner of the McLaren Group, bringing together McLaren’s highly tuned expertise in predictive analytics and KPMG’s extensive…
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Saying hello to an old friend. Take a behind the scenes look at Senna’s 1988 championship winning MP4/4 stretching its legs around Silverstone. Powered by the remarkable Honda’s RA168-E V6 and driven by McLaren test and reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne.
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Crank the volume and feel the noise… it’s time to take Ayrton Senna’s 1991 championship winning MP4/6 for a spin around Silverstone.
Get set for the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with the official McLaren Formula 1 Race Preview. Read it here.
If you’re a news journalist, Formula 1 has the refreshing ability to throw the kitchen sink at you. In F1, a budding newshound can happily take his pick of the stories: right now, if you’re attuned to the sport’s political side, you’ll be writing reams about the prospect of three-car teams and the potential demise of the F1 minnow.
McLaren's fans share great content, and in this gallery we're showcasing the best fan-generated content of the 2014 F1 season. Take a look for yourself.
View the Brazilian Grand Prix photo gallery by multi award winning photographer Darren Heath on the Official McLaren Formula 1 website.
Eric Boullier's tribute to Francois Guiter, one of the greatest Frenchmen in the history of Formula 1, following news of his passing at the age of 86.
A selection of images from the 2014 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix. View the gallery here.
McLaren Formula 1 team reaction to a typically frantic and exciting 2014 Brazilian Grand Prix. Read the official McLaren race report here.
Reaction from Interlagos following Qualifying at the 2014 Brazilian Grand Prix. Hear from the McLaren Formula 1 team in the official Qualifying report.
Emerson Fittipaldi writes exclusively for the McLaren Formula 1 website. Read 'Emmo on the boys from Brazil', a gripping insight into the Copersucar-Fittipaldi era.
“With some hard work tonight, we should be able to make significant improvements” Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, Friday November 7 Kevin spent the first half of the morning session conducting detailed aerodynamic studies, his car running with a large measuring rake behind each front wheel. He continued his progress into FP2, but never felt fully happy with the overall pace and feel of the car. Jenson…
On 11th February 1973 the first Brazilian Grand Prix to be part of the Formula 1 World Championship was held at Interlagos. From then on it was made a permanent fixture in the racing calendar. Little did we know that one year later, the very same track would house not only McLaren’s first win from pole position, but also one of four wins to secure our first World Championship title in a season tha…