Watch Fernando Alonso Drive Ayrton Senna’s Legendary McLaren MP4-4 [w/ Video]

The McLaren Formula 1 team and watchmaker Tag Heuer celebrate its 30 years of partnership with a new short film titled “Don’t Crack Under Pressure– A Legend Returns”. The legend doing the returning is none other than the rebirth of another partnership: Honda McLaren.

Considering how much the McLaren Honda team has struggled during the 2015 Formula 1 season, sometimes we forget just how powerful and dominant this constructor and engine partnership once was. In 1988, the McLaren Honda team was responsible for winning 15 out of 16 races in the whole season, setting a record 94% win ratio that still stands to this day.

The car responsible for this record was the McLaren MP4/4 and the man that would take the 1988 Driver’s Championship was the late Ayrton Senna. In the new short film, current McLaren driver Fernando Alonso pilots Senna’s McLaren alongside Jenson Button in the 2015 McLaren Honda MP4-30. It’s surreal to see the two vastly different Formula 1 cars drive side by side and it also highlights the contribution that the McLaren team and Honda have given to the sport.

The short film includes a voice-over narration from Ayrton Senna himself. Be sure to watch the video below!

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  • Six_Tymes

    whoever is the person behind this idea should be given a raise! and to Alonso, you are great to want to do so.

    A very nice and very cool thing to do.

  • dinn

    Quite cool 😉

  • rover10

    The current F1 design looks much more truck like compared with the low, wide, Senna car.

    • Praveen Titus

      Exactly what I felt, and I even mentioned it in a forum. Let’s hope the new 2017 rules bring back wider race cars. The Strateg Group meeting has decided to introduce fatter rear tyres, of the size found in the McLaren MP4/4, and they also said something about a more attractive car design. Don’t know the exact proposals in relation to the latter, but let’s hope a wider track (width between tyres) is introduced.

      People in this field should be able to figure that out easily.

      • rover10

        That strategy group has just one chance to save F1, time is running out, as fast as, the fans. Die – Hards will always be there for the sport, but will there be enough of them to keep the sponsors happy? If the general fan numbers continue to fall at the current rate, then sponsorship will do likewise, and due to the high base costs of the sport it would possibly, quickly become untenable.

        • Praveen Titus

          You’re right – the writing was already on the wall when last years’s German GP was so empty in spite of the presence of three German drivers and a dominant German team…And I’m not a fan of this tyre saving racing. Let’s hope 2017 brings a new dawn and more attractive, wider looking cars…

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