Ron Dennis may be long gone, and they may be propping up the field in the real world F1, but the McLaren team as a whole has a rich F1 history. Today Codemasters have announced that no less than four of the most famous McLaren racers will be playable in F1 2017.
The classic cars feature of F1 2017 is a huge draw for fans of the sport, and today the final unannounced cars have been, well, announced. That means that we’ll now have the chance to race with four of the best McLarens from recent history with the 1988 MP4/4, 1991’s MP4/6, the dominant car of 98 – the MP4-13 and Mr Lewis Hamilton’s title winning machine, the MP4-23 all being included.
Full details of the cars are below:
- 1988 McLaren MP4/4 – as driven by Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna during the 1988 Formula 1™ season. The Honda-powered MP4/4 is one of the most iconic and dominant Formula One cars ever built, winning all but one race (15 out of 16) and claiming all but one pole position in the 1988 season. It was the car that powered Senna to his first world championship title.
- 1991 McLaren MP4/6 – During the 1991 season, this was driven by the then reigning World Champion Ayrton Senna and Gerhard Berger, and was considered by some to be the most competitive car ever at the time, taking eight wins and ten pole positions, and scored 148 points, with Senna winning his third and final world championship title.
- 1998 McLaren MP4-13 – In the 1998 F1™ season the MP4-13 was driven by Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard and again proved to be the dominant car of the season, with Häkkinen winning his first Drivers’ Championship, and McLaren’s securing their first constructor’s title since 1991.
- 2008 McLaren MP4-23 – the MP4-23 was driven by Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen in the 2008 season, and is notable for being the car in which Hamilton won his first World Drivers’ Championship in dramatic fashion at the Brazilian Grand Prix by overtaking Toyota’s Timo Glock on the final corner of the final lap of the final grand prix of the season, to claim the required 5th-place finish and win the Drivers’ title by a single point from Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, and become at the time the youngest driver ever to win the title.
Zak Brown, McLaren Group Executive Director, said: “It’s pretty hard to pick just four significant McLaren Formula 1 cars – so all credit to the people at Codemasters for choosing these iconic, championship-winning machines.
“I don’t think you’d be able to get away without choosing 1988’s MP4/4 – it’s probably the most iconic F1 car of the last 40 years, a machine that looks as sleek and fast today as when it was first raced. And it’s superbly complemented by another Senna car, the V12-engined MP4/6; Mika Hakkinen’s beautiful, silver-liveried MP4-13, and Lewis Hamilton’s jaw-droppingly complex MP4-23.
“If you’re a gamer, or a McLaren fan of any era, then I think you’re going to want to race these cars in Codemasters’ F1 2017.”
With F1 2017 featuring a deeper career, numerous multiplayer enhancements, and a brand new ‘Championships’ game mode, we can sit and hope that Codemasters draw on all their racing prowess to deliver the best damn F1 title to date. With the following 12 classic cars included, chances are it’ll be a good un!
· 1988 McLaren MP4/4*
· 1991 McLaren MP4/6
· 1992 Williams FW14B
· 1995 Ferrari 412 T2
· 1996 Williams FW18
· 1998 McLaren MP4-13
· 2002 Ferrari F2002
· 2004 Ferrari F2004
· 2006 Renault R26
· 2007 Ferrari F2007
· 2008 McLaren MP4-23
· 2010 Red Bull Racing RB6
If you’re an Xbox One, PS4 or PC player, then August 25th 2017 is the date which should be etched into your diaries. Don’t forget, if you pre-order the game, or grab the Day One edition, the MP4/4 will be yours – otherwise you’ll need to purchase it at a later date.