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50 Years Of Grand Prix Racing

On May 22 1966, Bruce McLaren started a Grand Prix in a chassis bearing his own name for the very first time. The McLaren name would go on to become one of Formula 1 racing’s most enduring and competitive marques so far.

In 2016, 50 years later, McLaren once again heads to Monte-Carlo – the scene of the team’s debut – to mark its 50th anniversary in Grand Prix racing, a milestone marked with a special celebratory film charting the team’s history.

50 Years Of Grand Prix Racing

On May 22 1966, Bruce McLaren started a Grand Prix in a chassis bearing his own name for the very first time. The McLaren name would go on to become one of Formula 1 racing’s most enduring and competitive marques so far.

In 2016, 50 years later, McLaren once again heads to Monte-Carlo – the scene of the team’s debut – to mark its 50th anniversary in Grand Prix racing, a milestone marked with a special celebratory film charting the team’s history.

Richard Mille is delighted to announce a new long-term partnership with the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team.

Perfectly balanced: both brands share a passion for modern technology, cutting-edge design and precision engineering.

The partnership will see Richard Mille timepieces grace the wrists of the team’s world champion drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, distinctive branding appear on the new MP4-31 car, and a commitment to develop a unique and exclusive series of exceptional calibres inspired by the tremendous heritage of the McLaren brand.

Since 1966, the McLaren Formula 1 team has won more F1 grand prix races than any other, owing to the relentless efforts, grit and determination of our team and drivers.
Whether the F1 drivers on track, mechanics in the garage, management team on the pitwall or analysts in the MTC, we have one common goal: to win.

Since 1966, the McLaren Formula 1 team has won more F1 grand prix races than any other, owing to the relentless efforts, grit and determination of our team and drivers.
Whether the F1 drivers on track, mechanics in the garage, management team on the pitwall or analysts in the MTC, we have one common goal: to win.

McLaren has won 182 Grand Prix Races since Bruce McLaren made our Grand Prix debut at Monaco on May 22, 1966.
Since 1963, McLaren has won 20 world championships, with champion drivers including Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton.

Fernando Alonso

The giant-killing performances were what caught your attention first: hustling an uncompetitive Minardi around Suzuka to finish a barely credible 11th in 2001; seemingly appearing from nowhere to grab his first pole position (Malaysia 2003); and becoming the then-youngest-ever grand prix winner (Hungary, again in ’03, appropriately nabbing the honour from Bruce McLaren himself, who’d achieved in way back in 1959) in truly effortless fashion.

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso

The giant-killing performances were what caught your attention first: hustling an uncompetitive Minardi around Suzuka to finish a barely credible 11th in 2001; seemingly appearing from nowhere to grab his first pole position (Malaysia 2003); and becoming the then-youngest-ever grand prix winner (Hungary, again in ’03, appropriately nabbing the honour from Bruce McLaren himself, who’d achieved in way back in 1959) in truly effortless fashion.

At McLaren-Honda, he has resolutely vowed to take the reunified giants back to the top step of the podium, while at the same time replicating the past successes of his favourite driver and his childhood idol, Ayrton Senna.

Jenson Button

Jenson began his racing career on the karting track, as the majority of drivers do, and achieved instant success. Winning the British Super Prix in 1989, aged nine, was just the beginning. In 1991, he won all 34 races of the British Cadet Kart Championship before becoming Junior TKM Champion a year later.

Jenson arrived at McLaren as reigning world champion in 2010 and immediately got off to a great start with wins in Australia and China. The following year he won the Canadian Grand Prix in spectacular fashion, contending with a sodden Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, six safety car periods and having to fight through the field three times to take one of the all-time greatest F1 victories.

Jenson Button

Jenson Button

Jenson began his racing career on the karting track, as the majority of drivers do, and achieved instant success. Winning the British Super Prix in 1989, aged nine, was just the beginning. In 1991, he won all 34 races of the British Cadet Kart Championship before becoming Junior TKM Champion a year later.

Jenson arrived at McLaren as reigning world champion in 2010 and immediately got off to a great start with wins in Australia and China. The following year he won the Canadian Grand Prix in spectacular fashion, contending with a sodden Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, six safety car periods and having to fight through the field three times to take one of the all-time greatest F1 victories.

He won further races in 2011 in Hungary and Japan to finish second in the World Drivers’ Championship and achieved similar success in 2012, winning in Australia, Belgium and Brazil.

The striking and innovative MP4-31 chassis integrates the new Honda RA616H power unit, developed exclusively for the team.

Although a high level of continuity in Formula 1’s technical regulations has enabled the team to strengthen and mature many of the design concepts developed on last year’s McLaren-Honda MP4-30, the new car also incorporates a significant number of all-new innovations. The result is a balance of remarkably elegant aerodynamic solutions with a highly space-efficient integration of Honda’s new-for-2016 power unit.

The striking and innovative MP4-31 chassis integrates the new Honda RA616H power unit, developed exclusively for the team.

Although a high level of continuity in Formula 1’s technical regulations has enabled the team to strengthen and mature many of the design concepts developed on last year’s McLaren-Honda MP4-30, the new car also incorporates a significant number of all-new innovations. The result is a balance of remarkably elegant aerodynamic solutions with a highly space-efficient integration of Honda’s new-for-2016 power unit.

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