World championship history documents an almost seamless span of McLaren dominance between 1984 and 1991, a period bookended – coincidentally – by McLaren drivers taking their third and final world titles: Niki Lauda in 1984, Ayrton Senna in 1991. In hindsight as well as in period, it's tempting to view such long-running excellence as virtually inevitable, a consequence of deep pockets furnishing top engineers and drivers with the best of everything.
As with the current pre-eminence of Mercedes, it's also easy to overlook how challenging it is for a team to maintain that peak. But by the middle of 1990 McLaren was an organisation which, if not in crisis, was painfully aware of how quickly its opposition was catching up, and how much work lay ahead to keep the intensely competitive Senna satisfied he had the best machinery on the grid.
In Max Verstappen's Formula 1 career to date, he has been cast as the 'pretender', an acknowledged top-line performer without the car to regularly challenge Lewis Hamilton. But that no longer applies in 2021, and the start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the most telling signal yet of what we can expect from their duel this year
Daniel Ricciardo has found a new lease of life at McLaren – a move that’s been years in the making, as he explains to STUART CODLING…
Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments.
Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences
The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001
While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...
Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping .
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