McLaren is one of the traditional F1 teams. It was founded in 1965 by a successful New Zealand racer Bruce mclaren under the name Bruce McLaren Motor Racing. To this day, the Silver are under the leadership Ron Dennis, who was head of the team between 1981 and 2009, grew to be one of the most successful teams in the royal motorsport class.
The team peaked in the 80s and early 90s when they were initially along with Nikijem Laudo in Alain Prost, and later with Ayrtonom Senno in conjunction with Honda, they arbitrarily dominated the F1 Championship and won as many as seven racing titles out of a total of twelve.
The former red-and-white team experienced the second peak after concluding a partnership with Mercedes, when after a few years of getting used to it, they won two further titles in the 1998 and 1999 seasons, which were won by a Finnish racer. Mika Häkkinen. Then, for the silver ones, a time of failure followed, as in 2000 the incredible Ferrari series began, winning everything that could be won. For Ron Dennis, who was obsessed with success, this was not an easy situation.
But we know that a lot goes on in F1 in cycles, which is why the Silver put a lot of effort and work into this difficult phase to get back among the best in 2005. By winning the title in 2008 (Lewis Hamilton), their hard work paid off. In 2010, they were brought into the team Jenson Button, the 2009 champion. The British racing duo complemented each other perfectly. But despite the fact that they were among the favorites, it was not enough for the title.
Under the departure of Lewis Hamilton to the Mercedes team, the British placed alongside Butten Sergio Pereza and both are set to win victories with a concretely redesigned race car. This mission failed. They did not win any podiums this season and at the end of the season they struggled to save fifth place. McLaren made no secret of the fact that the MP4-28 was a misguided construction. In early 2014, the former team boss returned Ron Dennis, Perez had to hand over his car to the McLarn youngster Kevin Magnussen. The season was average, and McLaren retained fifth place the previous season.
In 2015, Magnussen had to hand over the seat Fernando Alonso, who came from Maranello. The background to his return was a new collaboration with Honda. After 20 seasons with Mercedes engines, McLaren had it again in the 2015 season Honda engine. This is supposed to be the beginning of a new dominance. But that was not the case. Far from it, because the team was fairly embarrassed this year. The Honda engine was not reliable enough, nor was it powerful enough. Instead of the allowed four power units, the team is from Woking spent twelve per individual racer. Jenson Button in Fernando Alonso they earned 315 mark-ups in the starting line-up as a result of these exchanges.
Also in 2016, McLaren performed with the duo Button and Alonso. This season has already been a bit more successful. The opening race was not successful as Alonso suffered a serious accident and was unable to compete in Bahrain as a result. There he was replaced by a young man Stoffel Vandoorne. But the team is looking forward to success this season, as they have recorded 17 rankings among the top ten, up to two among the top five. The pay for these results was sixth place among the teams.
In 2017, they competed in a changed racing lineup. Button left, and his place was taken by Vandoorne. But this season was full of blows, as Honda exaggerated the engine a bit and supplied the team with powertrains that broke down again. After many resignations, McLaren slipped to the penultimate place. The result was a separation from Honda.
It is in 2018 McLaren bet on the drive units Renault, where Alonso also played an important role in this change of motor partner. After a few rankings among the points winners, the promised breakthrough to the top was blown away. Even with Renault engines, McLaren struggled with reliability. In doing so Vandoorne he never came to the green branch. In recent races, McLaren has never been able to fight for points on his own.
For 2019, they changed the entire racing line-up, bringing Carlos Sainz from Renault, and placing the F2 runner-up of the 2018 season, Land Norris, next to him.
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