McLaren’s longest losing streak to date was three years, eight months and 25 days (James Hunt Japan 1977 to John Watson Great Britain 1981).
Resurrection after McLaren’s descent
“I’ve been on the team for three years now. We have been working towards that since then, ”says Lando Norris happily. The Briton is still waiting for his first GP victory, but second place was at least his fourth podium this year. He is fourth in the overall ranking.
Daniel Ricciardo has had a difficult time so far and was clearly slower than Norris until the summer break. “But we knew that he was a winner,” explains team boss Andreas Seidl. “That is exactly why we brought him into the team.”
Separation from Mercedes as the starting signal for the crisis
With that the descent began. In 2010 Hamilton still had title chances, but the traditional British team kept slipping. Team boss Martin Whitmarsh had to go, Dennis took over the command himself again. When the current 1.6-liter V6 turbo hybrid engines were introduced in 2014, it was clear to Dennis that McLaren could no longer become world champions as a customer team. The engine and chassis must be designed in one piece. McLaren found an old and new partner in Honda.
Renault, as a temporary solution, made McLaren stronger again, but it was only the “comeback” with Mercedes this year that brought McLaren back on the road to victory.
ABMS knows: Team boss Andreas Seidl, the director behind the Porsche LMP1 Le Mans victories from 2016 to 2018, had the plan from the beginning to work again with Mercedes because he saw the cooperation as one of the most important building blocks to return the road to success.
The first victory in almost nine years proves him right. In two years at the latest, McLaren-Mercedes wants to drive for the World Cup again. It would be the logical consequence.
All 20 Formula 1 race winners for McLaren
2. Alain Prost 30
3. Lewis Hamilton 21
4. Mika Häkkinen 20
5. David Coulthard 12
6. James Hunt 9
7. Kimi Raikkonen 9
8. Niki Lauda 8
9. Jenson Button 8
10. Denny Hulme 6
11. Emerson Fittipaldi 5
12. John Watson 4
13. Fernando Alonso 4
14. Gerhard Berger 3
15. Juan-Pablo Montoya 3
16. Peter Revson 2
17. Bruce McLaren 1
18. Jochen Mass 1
19. Heikki Kovalainen 1
20. Daniel Ricciardo 1