We take a look at McLaren’s first Formula One victory at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Bruce McLaren – 1968 Belgian Grand Prix
Founded in 1963 by New Zealander Bruce McLaren, the McLaren team didn’t make their Formula One debut until the 1966 Monaco Grand Prix and scored their first victory two years later in Belgium.
With Bruce McLaren at the wheel, the team took their debut victory at Spa-Francorchamps, much to the New Zealand driver’s surprise. Bruce was unaware that race leader Jackie Stewart was forced to make a late stop for fuel, gifting the team their first win.
McLaren became only the second driver in history to take victory driving a car carrying his own name, Jack Brabham being the first.
Jenson Button – 2012 Belgian Grand Prix
Since Bruce’s victory 45 years ago, McLaren have now gone on to win 182 Grands Prix, 12 Drivers’ Championships and 8 Constructors’ Championships, a record only surpassed by Ferrari.
At last year's Belgian Grand Prix, Jenson Button took McLaren to their 14th Belgian Grand Prix victory – just two shy of Ferrari’s tally – winning from lights to flag and taking McLaren's fourth win of the season.
The team are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year but haven’t had much to shout about, with neither Button nor Sergio Perez scoring a podium finish this season. They'll be hoping that changes this weekend.