McLaren celebrates 50th anniversary
2 September 2013 – The McLaren team was born exactly 50 years ago today, when Bruce McLaren Racing Limited formed on September 2, 1963. From a small workshop in New Malden, Surrey, the outfit now operates from its advanced technology centre in Woking, and stands as one of the most successful names in Formula 1 history.
Having entered the sport at the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix, founder Bruce McLaren took his eponymous squad to its first victory at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit two years later. A total of 12 Drivers' and eight Constructors' crowns have since been notched up, while the overall victory tally now stands at a record-holding 182 from 734 races. Its various drivers have also secured155 pole positions and 152 fastest laps.
"McLaren started as the dream of one man, and it’s since grown to encompass the hopes and dreams of more than 2000 men and women, who work as tirelessly as Bruce McLaren himself once did to ensure that everything we do reflects well when compared with everything we’ve ever achieved," said McLaren Group Chairman Ron Dennis. "So, our 50th anniversary provides an opportunity for every single McLaren employee to realise that he or she is an utterly crucial part of an organisation with a history and a culture that really mean something."
"I’ve never hidden my pride at being a McLaren driver," added Jenson Button, who joined the team in 2010. "I grew up watching this team achieving great things with Ayrton Senna and my racing hero, Alain Prost. And I firmly believe this team will be great again; this is an organisation you can never discount – their appetite for winning is unlike anything I’ve ever seen and, rest assured, we will be back at the front soon."