McLaren

McLaren f1 2014
15 Mar, 2014 6:00am

Engine Mercedes Races 748
Wins 182 Titles 8 Last year 5th (122pts)

It's been a turbulent winter at McLaren after it failed to record a single podium in 2013. Team principal Martin Whitmarsh has been ousted, with McLaren chairman Ron Dennis returning to a more involved role.

He’s already brought Eric Boullier from Lotus to head the race team, and Mexican Sergio Perez has been axed in favour of hotly tipped Dane Kevin Magnussen.

Jenson Button’s experience and maturity will be key to the team in 2014, while Magnussen – son of former McLaren and Stewart racer Jan – looks set to be one of F1’s most exciting talents in years.

Our verdict: Things are looking up for McLaren after a horrible 2013. Whether the car has the ultimate pace to be a title challenger remains to be seen, however.

Drivers

Jenson Button

Races 249
Wins 15
Titles 1
Last year 9th (73pts)
Age 34
Twitter @JensonButton Did you know? Fans plan to wear pink shirts at the British GP in July in tribute to Jenson’s late father John.

Kevin Magnussen

Races 0
Wins 0
Titles 0
Last year N/A
Age 21
Twitter @KevinMagnussen Did you know? In 2013, Magnussen won the Renault World Series, with five race victories and eight poles.

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