|McLaren Formula E Team|
|Based||Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom|
|Début||2023 Mexico City E-Prix|
|Key People||Zak Brown (CEO); Ian James (TP)|
|Entrant||NEOM McLaren Formula E Team|
|23rd (0 Pt(s))||23rd (0 Pt(s))|
The McLaren Formula E Team is an international motorsport team based in Woking, Surrey, UK, that will enter the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship at the start of the 2022/23 season. A sister team to famed FIA Formula One World Championship effort McLaren Racing and part of the wider McLaren Group, the McLaren FE Team joined FE ahead of the Generation 3 era, taking over the former factory Mercedes team.
Another part of the McLaren Group, McLaren Applied Technologies have worked with FE as a part supplier, initially in designing the powertrain for the Spark-Renault SRT_01E, and then as a battery supplier for the Spark SRT05e.
McLaren was initially formed in 1963 by New Zealand born Formula One ace Bruce McLaren, who intended to design and build his own Grand Prix cars, despite serving as a factory driver for the Cooper F1 squad. In 1964 McLaren won the Tasman Series in Australia in his own car, while also partnering with Teddy Mayer to begin building more competitive cars and enter F1 and the World Sportscar Championship. After moving from Feltham, UK to Colnbrook, UK, in 1965, McLaren began to build its first Grand Prix car, the McLaren M2B.
The Kiwi Cause: 1966 - 1980
McLaren debuted its first Grand Prix at the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix, running in colours selected for the upcoming Grand Prix film, with McLaren piloting his own car for nine laps before retiring with an oil leak. After two seasons of using various engines McLaren signed a deal to use Ford Cosworth engines in 1968, while also securing defending F1 Champion and compatriot Denny Hulme to pilot the sister car. That season saw McLaren score its maiden F1 victories in both non-Championship and Championship rounds, with the 1968 Belgian Grand Prix McLaren's first major triumph.
After two more wins for Hulme, and a further triumph in 1969, McLaren would be killed in a crash at Goodwood in June 1970 while testing McLaren's sportscar design, the M8D Can-Am car. Teddy Mayer took control of the team and hired Dan Gurney to replace McLaren, with the team entering a quiet period in both 1970 and 1971. 1973 would then see McLaren come back to the forefront of the F1 field, with the M23 propelling McLaren to third that season, before Emerson Fittipaldi claimed the 1974 Championship for drivers while leading McLaren to the Teams' Championship too.
Third in 1975 would follow, before McLaren finished as runners-up in 1976, led by James Hunt as the Brit claimed his sole F1 Championship title after a season long duel with Ferrari's Niki Lauda. Third would follow for McLaren the following season as Ground-Effect came to the fore in F1, before McLaren entered another quiet spell as the 1970s drew to a conclusion.
Dennis and Project 4: 1981 - 2014
Amid their on-track difficulties and pressure from sponsor Philip Morris, Mayer would merge McLaren with Ron Dennis' Project Four F2 squad in 1981, which had been experimenting with carbon fibre components in previous seasons. Dennis subsequently took full control of McLaren over the next year, as McLaren again found on-track form with John Watson and Lauda as their drivers, and would move to Woking and what is now known as the McLaren Technology Centre 1982. 1983 saw McLaren convince Porsche to build engines for then, branded as TAG units, with a year of experimentation following before Watson left the team at the end of the season.
1984 would be McLaren's first taste of true domination, as Lauda and returning pilot Alain Prost claimed twelve victories between them and finished first and second in the Championship, Lauda winning the title by half a point. 1985 brought another constructor-driver double with Prost at the wheel, before Prost earned another Driver's title 1986. A quiet 1987 followed, before Dennis secured the signature of Honda and Ayrton Senna for the 1988 season, setting up one of the most infamous sporting rivalries in history.
Prost and Senna would dominate the 1988 season, claiming fifteen out of sixteen race wins as Senna beat Prost based on the number of allowed point scores. 1989 saw the two collide at the title deciding Japanese Grand Prix, with Prost leaving the team having been declared Champion to join Ferrari at the end of the season, with Gerhard Berger going the other way. Senna would go on to bring McLaren the 1990 and 1991 titles too, before McLaren's run was finally ended in 1992 by Williams.
The mid-1990s saw McLaren's form dip again, and it was only in 1997, two years into a partnership with Mercedes that the team truly built a race winning car, with Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard both claiming wins in an unreliable car. 1998 and 1999 saw Häkkinen claim the Drivers' Championship, while McLaren also secured the Teams' title in 1998. McLaren and Ferrari would subsequently spend the 2000s duelling almost exclusively for the title, although ultimately it would only be in 2007 that McLaren would claim the Constructors' title again, only to be disqualified from the Championship amid the "Spygate" scandal.
2008 saw McLaren secure their first title in almost a decade, with Lewis Hamilton claiming the Drivers' Championship on the final lap of the final race. From 2009 McLaren and Mercedes' relationship would end as Mercedes became a factory entry from 2010, although McLaren would finish as runner-up to Red Bull in 2010 and 2011, third in 2012, before finishing mid-table in 2013 and 2014.
Faltering Facade: 2015 - Present
In 2015 McLaren re-united with Honda, although with the Japanese manufacturer coming a year late to F1's hybrid era, the British squad would find itself at the back of the field. Three seasons plagued by poor reliability followed, before McLaren and Honda went their separate ways in 2016, with Dennis having left the team after Zak Brown became the executive director of the McLaren Technology Group in 2016. Between 2018 and 2020 McLaren would find some progress with Renault engines, before securing its first victory in almost a decade at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix having become a Mercedes customer once again.
Formula E History
McLaren were first rumoured to be an entrant in the ABB Formula E Championship at the start of the Generation 2 era, although no formal approach to join the series was made. However, after FE revealed its plans for its third generation, and securing an entry in the sister Extreme E Championship for 2022, McLaren began to negotiate with existing FE teams about taking over an entry. On 14 May 2022 the British squad duly announced that they would be joining the FE Championship, taking over the Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team at the end of the 2021/22 season.
A Champion Foundation?: 2022/23
McLaren's maiden FE season would begin in 2022/23, with the team retaining the majority of the staff from the Mercedes-EQ squad. On 27 June 2022, McLaren announced a deal with Saudi Arabian development group NEOM to be their title sponsor for their first FE campaign, having already revealed on 23 June 2022 that they had secured a deal to use customer Nissan powertrains for the season.
Formula E Record
The tables below show McLaren Formula E Team's full record in the FIA Formula E Championship.
Formula E Entries
The table below gives an overview of McLaren Formula E Team's entries in Formula E:
|McLaren Formula E Team's overall Formula E Record|
|Season||Official name||No.||Drivers||DC Pos.||DC Pts.||Car||TC Pos.||TC Pts.|
|2022/23||NEOM McLaren Formula E Team||TBC||TBA||Nissan|
Listed below are the full career results of McLaren Formula E Team:
Videos and Images:
- 'MCLAREN RACING TO ENTER FORMULA E', fiaformulae.com, (FIA Formula E, 14/05/2022), https://www.fiaformulae.com/en/news/2022/may/mclaren-joins-formula-e, (Accessed 14/05/2022)
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- 'McLAREN HERITAGE', mclaren.com, (McLaren, 2022), https://www.mclaren.com/racing/heritage/, (Accessed 21/05/2022)
- Charles Bradley, 'McLaren confirms Zak Brown as new executive director', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 21/11/2016), https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/mclaren-confirms-zak-brown-as-new-executive-director-852419/852419/, (Accessed 21/05/2022)
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- 'McLaren Racing to be powered by Nissan Formula E Gen3 Powertrains from Season 9', mclaren.com, (McLaren, 23/06/2022), https://www.mclaren.com/racing/team/mclaren-racing-be-powered-nissan-formula-e-gen3-powertrains-season-9/, (Accessed 23/06/2022)
- 'McLaren Racing and NEOM announce strategic title partnership', mclaren.com., (McLaren Group, 27/06/2022), https://www.mclaren.com/racing/partners/neom/mclaren-racing-and-neom-announce-strategic-title-partnership/, (Accessed 01/08/2022)
|2022/23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship|
|ABT Sportsline • Avalanche Andretti Formula E • DS Penske • Envision Racing • Jaguar TCS Racing • Mahindra Racing • Maserati Formula E Team • NEOM McLaren Formula E Team • NIO 333 Formula E Team • Nissan Formula E Team • Porsche Formula E Team|
|DS • Jaguar • Mahindra & Mahindra • Maserati • NIO • Nissan • Porsche|
|Spark Gen 3|
|9 Mitch Evans • 10 Sam Bird|
|Mexico City • Diriyah I • Diriyah II • Hyderabad • TBA • TBA • São Paulo • Berlin • Monaco• Seoul I • Seoul II • Jakarta I • Jakarta II • TBA • Rome I • Rome II • London I • London II|
|Cape Town E-Prix • Paris E-Prix • Vancouver E-Prix|
|2021/22 • 2023/24|