McLaren F1 is the oldest institution in the world of Formula One after entering into the sport back in 1966. Even though this British motor racing team has been able to enter into commercial vehicles, they still consider their F1 presence as an integral part. McLaren has enjoyed the second-highest number of achievements in the sport after Ferrari. Founded in New Zealand, the team now has its base in Woking, England. A remarkable five decades – and counting – in the sport have produced a large number of wins, podiums, and positions.
The McLaren F1 team began in 1966 when Bruce McLaren in New Zealand founded it. Their first competitive event in F1 was the Belgian Grand Prix in 1968. Over the years, they have been able to take part in 865 races. The team has amassed an incredible 182 wins, 155 pole positions, and 155 fastest laps. There have also been eight Constructors’ Championship titles along the way. McLaren drivers have ended up winning the Drivers’ Championship on 12 occasions with the last coming in 2008.
It is possible to ring many bets related to the McLaren F1 car and their success in the last two races of the season. Even though the team has struggled lately, McLaren has managed to show signs of positivity in recent races. This is especially true with Carlos Sainz Jr and Lando Norris having some good results of late. Some of the top betting options are mentioned below.
Carlos Sainz has had a mixed run when it comes to the Brazilian GP. Even though he registered a top-six finish back in 2016 with Toro Rosso, this remains as his only top-six finish at this event. Norris is preparing for his first experience of the Brazilian GP. He has only registered two top-six finishes this season. A better option would be Sainz, who has had five top six finishers since the British Grand Prix.
McLaren has had a good run in recent weeks with the team managing points from both drivers, and there has also been greater consistency. In the first ten races, there were only three occasions when both teams finished in the points. They have already matched this tally in the last nine races. Considering these numbers and the stats of F1 news, McLaren sees the team in a good position compared to other rivals.
So far, 2020 has been a decent campaign for the McLaren F1 Team, keen on cementing their fourth position in the Constructors’ Championship. The recent run of results has been excellent for McLaren; F1 news has been able to witness the advantage of many upgrades to the setup. Their achievements were evident in the Japanese Grand Prix and United States Grand Prix. There is little doubt that such improved success has been a major factor in better merchandise sales. This is a video of the pre-season testing efforts in Barcelona earlier this year.
Sainz has been able to make 100 career starts in Formula One. He has grown in stature and form since his introduction to the sport with Toro Rosso in 2015. Following a brief spell, the Spaniard made the switch to McLaren, and it has so far been a rewarding campaign even before looking into the interior. The 25-year-old has managed to get 80 points already, and this is a significant jump from his return of 53 points in 2018. There is a substantial possibility of the Spaniard overtaking Alexander Albon in the Drivers’ Championship table considering his recent form.
Lando Norris has enormous pressure on his shoulder as a young British driver for F1 McLaren. The comparisons with Lewis Hamilton cannot be avoided, but it has so far been a struggle for the youngster in his first season. He has been able to manage only half of the points achieved by his teammate – a far cry from the days when Hamilton challenged Fernando Alonso despite being a newcomer. Norris, though, has been getting some positive results in recent races. A strong finish – armed with upgrades to the McLaren F1 engine – so the season could see him overtaking the likes of Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo.
McLaren has a rich history when it comes to Formula One, but there is no doubt that many other teams have been able to stake a claim as one of the top dogs in this sport. Several upgrades have been carried out by McLaren in recent weeks, and they are starting to have its impact. However, significant issues still remain for the drivers, and they are competing in a strong field containing:
For the time being, teams like Racing Point, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Alfa Romeo, Haas, and Williams are not in a position to challenge McLaren. Still, it is not a comfortable situation to bet on this Woking-based team. Yet, they have the potential to infuse immense power into a car, as demonstrated by McLaren F1 GTR in 1995. This was a racing version of the McLaren F1 car.