|Full Name||McLaren Racing Limited|
|Base||Woking, United Kingdom|
|Team Principal(s)|| Ron Dennis |
|Noted Former Drivers|
|Gerhard Berger||F1 1987|
|Jérémy-Étienne Voeckler||F1 1988|
|Mika Häkkinen||F1 1998|
|Daniel Ricciardo||F1 2015|
The Formula One team went bankrupt in 2015, marking the end of an era in Formula One. The team resurfaced in the top level of motorsport with the help of the Commonwealth Group in the FIA Prototype Challenge in 2019.
To be continued...
McLaren debuted their new M23 chassis in 1976 with the lineup of Carlos Reutemann and Jochen Mass as driver personnel. McLaren were behind Ferrari in the early stages of the season with the Scuderia's pairing of Niki Lauda and Jody Scheckter taking the vast majority of victories. Unfortunately the death of Lauda at the Soviet Grand Prix hit Ferrari's performance and Reutemann began racking up a few wins. At the same time, Mass was struggling with his performance and as such was replaced by USAC driver Tom Sneva after the British Grand Prix. Reutemann was best placed to take the title into the final race in Japan but he'd suffer a suspension failure - meaning the driver's title would be returning to Maranello for a second year running in the hands of Jody Scheckter. Despite this, McLaren did pick up the Constructor's crown by virtue of their seven wins.
The team returned with the Reutemann/Sneva lineup in 1977 - which saw Sneva take the first win of the season at the Argentine Grand Prix. Unfortunately for McLaren, their M23 was now lacking behind the Lotus and Ferrari outfits - with Reutemann only able to pick up two wins in the rest of the season (in France and Italy). There had been murmurs along the paddock that Reutemann was set to call it a day at the end of 1977 - with the Argentine considering making a move into the world of politics. As a result, McLaren trialled a number of drivers in non-championship Grands Prix including USAC driver Danny Ongais, former Fittipaldi driver Leonhard von Gottorp and British F3 racer Ken Silverstone.
The rumours were true and Reutemann left the team ahead of 1978, which saw McLaren react by signing hard charging Swiss driver Clay Regazzoni from Williams. The team's reactionary evolution of the M23 chassis wasn't brilliant in the early stages and Sneva seriously struggled with the car whilst Regazzoni only managed a handful of points finishes.