McLaren's Best 5 seasons in F1
Founded by a young Kiwi by the name of Bruce Mclaren in 1963 with just a few simple aims – Have fun, go racing and beat the best, McLaren Racing have the most enviable record in all of F1, boasting of the best race wins/race start record in all the F1 teams on the grid, past and present – 24.7%. Bruce McLaren won the first race for the team in 1968 at Spa.
However it was not until after the founder of the team had passed away that the team got its hands on the championship trophies. Since then the team has never looked back something that is still in the team’s DNA to this day(despite a rather horrendous 50th season)
Now we look back at those 50 seasons and pick out five of the best of McLaren seasons starting from that historic first win in 1974 to the current era of Button and co.
1) 1974: For the First time
When Emerson Fittipaldi the 1972 champion joined McLaren for the 1974 season the team was expected to really push for both the driver’s and constructor’s championship. They did just that beating Ferrari by 10 points. However, Fittipaldi had to wait till the end of the final race to ensure that he got his second F1 title as he edged out Ferrari’s Clay Regazzoni by a meagre 3 points.