How McLaren defined 14 days at the Belgian GP

© McLaren, 27 August 2012

McLaren has been winning races in Belgium for more than 40 years. Here’s how the team defined 14 days in the history of the Belgian Grand Prix.

1. June 9 1968
Denny Hulme leads for McLaren early on, until he’s forced out with a driveshaft problem. This leaves Jackie Stewart in the lead, but the Scot runs out of fuel on the penultimate lap and hands victory to Bruce McLaren in his M7A. It’s Bruce’s fourth Grand Prix win, but, crucially, it’s the first-ever victory for the McLaren marque. © AP Photo/Lev

2. May 12 1974 (Nivelles)
Emerson Fittipaldi’s second win for McLaren. He passes Jody Scheckter for second on the opening lap and takes the lead late in the race when Clay Regazzoni is pushed wide by a backmarker. Emmo crosses the line 0.35s ahead of Niki Lauda’s Ferrari and wins McLaren’s first world championship later that year. © AP Photo/Propper
3. May 9 1982 (Zolder)
The race takes place under a cloud, following the death of Gilles Villeneuve during qualifying. John Watson starts 10th and works his way to the front. On the harder tyre, Watson takes the lead from Keke Rosberg on the penultimate lap when the Finn runs wide on his worn tyres. © AP Photo/Lennox McLendon
4. May 17 1987
Williams lock out the front row of the grid, but McLaren dominates the race with an emphatic one-two for Alain Prost and Stefan Johansson. Their quest is helped by a string of retirements and they end up the only drivers on the lead lap after third-placed Andrea de Cesaris runs out of fuel almost within sight of the chequered flag. © AP Photo/STF
5. August 28 1988
The first of Ayrton Senna’s four Belgian GP victories for McLaren. He’s beaten away from pole position by Alain Prost, but he out-brakes the Frenchman at Les Combes on lap one and is never headed thereafter. Prost follows him home to give McLaren its second consecutive one-two at Spa-Francorchamps. © AP Photo/STR
6. August 27 1989
The third consecutive one-two for McLaren at this track. Senna is at his best all weekend: he takes pole position by 0.5s and is never headed in a wet race. Prost fends off a spirited challenge from Nigel Mansell to come home 1.3s behind his teammate. © AP Photo/Tsugufumi Matsumoto
7. August 26 1990
It takes three starts to get the race underway owing to accidents. When everyone gets around lap one cleanly, Senna is leading from his McLaren teammate Gerhard Berger. Senna runs away with the race, but Prost overtakes Berger for second place and the Austrian drops behind Alessandro Nannini as well. Berger then re-takes third place with three laps to go. © AP Photo/Neokazu Oinuma
8. August 25 1991
A brilliant one-two for Senna and Berger, but there are some heart-stopping moments along the way. Senna withstands intense pressure from Nigel Mansell during the early laps and he then has to bump-start his Honda engine when it stalls at half distance. Gearbox problems for Riccardo Patrese allow Gerhard to pass him for second in the closing laps. © AP Photo/STR
9. August 29 1999
David Coulthard’s only victory at Spa-Francorchamps. He qualifies second to teammate Mika Hakkinen, but takes the lead at La Source on lap one and is never headed after that. Hakkinen's second place gives McLaren another one-two at Spa and takes him one-point clear at the top of the world championship table. © AP Photo/Yves Logghe
10. August 27 2000
That overtaking manoeuvre. On lap 41 of 44 Hakkinen gets a run on race leader Michael Schumacher through Eau Rouge, just as Schumi stumbles upon backmarker Ricardo Zonta. Schumi darts around the outside of Zonta, while Hakkinen passes them both on the inside. “That was pretty exciting,” said Hakkinen afterwards. Coulthard finishes fourth in the second MP4-15. © AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere
11. August 29 2004
A hugely eventful race, in which there are three Safety Car periods and six different race leaders. Kimi Raikkonen battles to the front from 10th on the grid to win the race by three seconds from Michael Schumacher. Coulthard qualifies fourth, but comes home seventh after colliding with Christian Klein. © AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert
12. September 11 2005
Juan Pablo Montoya takes pole position, ahead of teammate Raikkonen. The order remains unchanged during the early laps, but Raikkonen stays out two laps longer than Montoya at the pitstops and emerges in the lead. Raikkonen wins by 28s, but the chance of a McLaren one-two disappears when Montoya tangles with Antonio Pizzonia late in the race. © AP Photo/Yves Logghe
13. September 07 2008
Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton snatches victory from Raikkonen in the closing stages, but his celebrations are short-lived. The stewards think he gained an unfair advantage by running across the chicane late in the race and they add 25s to his race time, which demotes him to third. Felipe Massa takes the win. © AP Photo/Frank Augstein
14. August 29 2010
Mixed weather conditions make this a tense race, but there’s no stopping the sure-footed Hamilton. He passes pole-sitter Mark Webber on the opening lap and never looks back – despite a briefly heart-stopping ‘off’ into the gravel almost within sight of the chequer. He also takes the fastest lap of the race. © AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert


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