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The disputed legacy of a Formula 1 legend

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The disputed legacy of a Formula 1 legend

The McLaren MP4-4 is famous for dominating the 1988 Formula 1 season. But its origins go back a long way and are central to a dispute about the car's creation that involves one of the championship's legendary designers.

The McLaren MP4-4 is one of the most famous Formula 1 cars ever built.

With 15 wins from 16 grands prix, 15 poles, 10 fastest laps and 1003 laps led from a total of 1031 in 1988, it is also one of the most dominant cars in F1's history. Its success arguably re-wrote the definition of dominance in F1 and took Ayrton Senna to the first of his three world titles.

But the MP4-4's legacy is disputed. This is primarily due to a disagreement between F1 design legend Gordon Murray and Steve Nichols, respectively technical director and chief designer at McLaren in the late 1980s, over which of them came up with the main concepts that made the car so successful.

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