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Nothing in Formula 1 stands still, and a racing car’s steering wheel is one of the most constantly changing elements in grand prix racing. Through the ages, it’s been iterated, refined and improved – and it’s been made lighter, more costly and more complex at every stage. Check out our gallery of classic McLaren F1 wheels through the ages, and get the lowdown on just what made them different, uniq…
In this edition we show how organisations as diverse as McLaren and the German national football squad are using data and SAP data tools to improve their performance. The Perfect Lap Issue No.3 – Click here to view now
Probably I will never find enough words to describe the trip to Sochi for Russian Grand Prix!!! It was definitely very special racing weekend for many reasons. And first of all, because it was absolutely new track for F1 and it is always exciting.
Get set for the 2014 United States Grand Prix with the official McLaren Formula 1 Race Preview. Read it here.
Look only to the shades, sideburns and swagger, and it becomes sometimes easy to appreciate the fact that Emerson Fittipaldi was a darn fine racing driver. His wasn’t the most immediate driving style to define: clever yet possessed of incredible bravery; precise yet capable of the bravest overtaking moves, Emmo nonetheless became a double world champion by virtue of his sheer completeness as a rac…
It finally came to me in the bar at Seneca Lodge, on the evening of Sunday October 6th 1974 – in other words more or less exactly 40 years ago. But, before I tell you what finally came to me that evening, and why, I want to talk a bit about a subject that matters to all of us much, much more.
A very special 40th anniversary gallery of the 1974 Formula 1 season, where Brazilian legend Emerson Fittipaldi drove home McLaren’s maiden World Championship title. Emmo, we salute you.
Forty years ago, Emerson Fittipaldi – the father of Brazilian motorsport – brought home McLaren’s first-ever world championship trophy.  As our exclusive commemorative video explains, however, when the 1972 Formula 1 world champion joined us for ’74, there were few cast-iron assurances that he’d be able to achieve another title. 
Is it really 30 years since Niki Lauda, Alain Prost and the McLaren-TAG MP4/2 steamrollered all opposition to clean up both the 1984 drivers’ and constructors’ championships? A quick check of my calendar suggests that, indeed, October 21 1984 was the date when McLaren, under the auspices of Ron Dennis, truly came of age. To my mind, there’s something special, pivotal, about that ’84 season.
At the start of the year, we dropped in on the McLaren pit garage in Bahrain to eavesdrop on proceedings during half an hour in the life of a Formula 1 test. This time, we’re back to chronicle perhaps the most fraught and frantic 30 minutes in grand prix racing – the half-hour that leads up to the start of the race.  It’s a well-practiced, procedure-driven series of events – all driven by the team…
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View the Russian Grand Prix photo gallery by multi award winning photographer Darren Heath on the Official McLaren Formula 1 website.
A selection of images from the 2014 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix. View the gallery here.
Read the team reaction to the 2014 Russian Grand Prix in the official McLaren Formula 1 Race Report. Click to view.
“P4 and P6 amount to our best cumulative qualifying performance of the year, but we’re nonetheless left feeling somewhat frustrated” Sochi Autodrom, Saturday October 11 Today was a day of mixed fortunes. The team made some imperfect decisions in FP3 this morning, eventuating in suboptimised car-development ahead of qualifying, but a reasonably successful recovery was achieved. The result was P4 fo…
“P4 and P6 amount to our best cumulative qualifying performance of the year, but we’re nonetheless left feeling somewhat frustrated” Sochi Autodrom, Saturday October 11 Today was a day of mixed fortunes. The team made some imperfect decisions in FP3 this morning, eventuating in suboptimised car-development ahead of qualifying, but a reasonably successful recovery was achieved. The result was P4 fo…
Official McLaren Formula 1 team reaction to the Russian Grand Prix FP3 and Qualifying sessions from Sochi. Read it here.
“It was a pretty decent day for us today, and the car feels good” Sochi Autodrom, Friday October 10 The first day’s running at the brand-new Sochi Autodrom passed without mishap for the McLaren team, and both Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button declared themselves reasonably satisfied with their day’s work. KEVIN MAGNUSSEN, MP4-29-02 FP1 1m43.026s (+0.715s) 28 laps 5th FP2 1m40.494s (+0.864s)  32 la…
Yes, the world still turns – but that doesn’t make it any easier.  Yes, flights and hotel rooms were booked for this weekend’s inaugural Russian Grand Prix many months ago. And yes, freight and personnel have been busily filtering from Suzuka to Sochi throughout the week. 
Get set for the 2014 Russian Grand Prix with the official McLaren Formula 1 Race Preview. Read it here.
View the Japanese Grand Prix photo gallery by multi award winning photographer Darren Heath on the Official McLaren Formula 1 website.
A selection of images from the 2014 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix. View the gallery here.
The official McLaren Mercedes race report from the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.
“We’ll take whatever the weather brings tomorrow” Suzuka, Saturday October 4 Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button will line up seventh and eighth respectively for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. Both drivers consistently set lap-times inside the top 10 throughout all the weekend’s practice and qualifying sessions, underlining the positive developmental momentum that the team has been able t…
“It’s nice to see the performance we have” Suzuka, Friday October 03 F1’s annual visit to Suzuka is thrilling and daunting in equal measure. Today’s practice sessions saw a number of incidents, but both Jenson and Kevin drove faultlessly, conducting a series of aerodynamic tests throughout FP1 before switching focus to set-up and tyre-wear evaluations in this afternoon’s FP2 session. Despite this …
Ever wondered what it’s like to be Jenson Button for a day? We’re giving two lucky fans (plus guests) the chance to #GetIn the McLaren Technology Centre for an exclusive tour of McLaren’s Formula 1 HQ. Once you’ve watched the average (well, relatively average) day of Jenson in the video above, head over to McLaren’s official Facebook page or Twitter handle and simply tell us us your ‘greatest ever…
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Ever wondered what goes on behind the doors of McLaren HQ? Here’s your chance to #GetIn the McLaren Technology Centre for a money-can’t-buy chance to live like Jenson Button for the day in one of the most technologically advanced facilities in motorsport. To enter head over to the official McLaren Facebook and Twitter pages and tell us your greatest ever F1 ‘Get In’ moment
McLaren’s Young Driver development programme successfully brought home the silverware last weekend after two of its illumni, Nyck de Vries and Ben Barnicoat, each wrapped up the titles in their respective single-seater championships.  Dutchman Nyck de Vries, who successfully earned the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS title at Mugello at the start of September, added further glory to a triumphant season b…
Get set for the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix with the official McLaren Formula 1 Race Preview. Read it here.
Triathlon enthusiast Jenson Button recently took on Olympian triathletes, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee at GSK’s Human Performance Lab in London. Find out how who came out on top.
McLaren Formula 1 driver helmets through the ages. Relive some epic memories from the past as McLaren take you through a journey of F1 driver helmets through the years.
The very first world championship grands prix saw racing drivers appearing in short-sleeved cotton polo shirts, leather shoes and string-backed gloves. The primitive crash helmet, if that were the correct term, was simply thin leather skullcap.
Experience a driving masterclass with McLaren Mercedes driver Jenson Button. Learn how to drive like an F1 World Champion thanks to Johnnie Walker's exclusive Driving Day.
View the Singapore Grand Prix photo gallery by multi award winning photographer Darren Heath on the Official McLaren Formula 1 website.
Matt Morris joined McLaren as its engineering director in September 2013 – a smidgen over a year ago. Since then, Matt has been involved in restructuring McLaren Racing, pushing its strengths while also supplying the foundations to bolster those areas that needed additional work. One year into the job, he tells www.mclaren.com about those first 12 months, and what’s to come: Tell us a little bit a…
The best images from the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix on the Official McLaren Formula 1 website. View the gallery here.
Reaction from the McLaren Formula 1 team following the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix. Read the official race report here.
“I’ll be doing everything I can in the race – nothing less” Marina Bay Circuit, Saturday September 20 McLaren will start in P9 (Kevin Magnussen) and P11 (Jenson Button) for tomorrow’s Singapore Grand Prix. Kevin drove very strongly in Q2, posting a good lap to make it into the top 10 and thereby move through to Q3.
Had he lived, Ferenc Szisz would have turned 141 today. Good ol’ Ferenc was not, of course, a McLaren driver, since in fact he died in February 1944, at the age of 70, fully 19 years before Bruce McLaren Motor Racing Ltd had been incorporated. Good ol’ Ferenc was and is, however, a veritable motor racing legend, and always will be, his insuperable claim to fame being that he won the first Grand Pr…
Read the team reaction from the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix Free Practice on the Official McLaren Formula 1 website.
McLaren might not yet be talking publicly at great length about McLaren-Honda, but, believe me, there’s a lot of hard work going on behind the frosted glass interior walls at Woking to make sure the partnership gets started on the right foot. Not least, McLaren-Honda sounds like it’ll be a busy place next year – after all, if you believe what you read on the internet, they must be running about si…
Get set for the 2014 Singapore Grand Prix with the official McLaren Formula 1 Race Preview. Read it here.
Peter Prodromou has today joined McLaren Racing’s design department in the role of chief engineer. Peter, who previously worked for McLaren between 1991 and 2006, joins the team after a very successful stint at Red Bull Racing, and is a key appointment for the McLaren team as it pushes ahead with the specification and development of next year’s MP4-30 Formula 1 challenger. Peter said: “It’s fantas…
Expressions vary on Formula 1 podiums, but you can usually expect the face of the man on the top step – the winner – to demonstrate great joy.  Not so that of the driver who held this trophy aloft on October 21, 1984. It had been a momentous season, one with many parallels in the present day: downsized turbocharged cars held sway, and, having banned mid-race refueling, the FIA also enforced a stri…