I get asked this question a lot, and I always give a short answer of “Jenson Button” however, its much much more than that.
It’s true, I became a McLaren fan after seeing Mr Jenson Button dance around the track in that beautiful McLaren MP4-27 with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes livery, and once I started to learn more and more about the team – the whole aesthetic just appealed to me. Since then, I have endured a few years that have definitely been the hardest as a fan of both the team and the sport itself. The McLaren Honda days haunt me to my very core and I’m not sure any other team – engine partnership has ever been as disastrous as what we witnessed from 2015.
However, when you become a part of McLaren, McLaren become a part of you and as heart-breaking as those days were, I stuck by the team in hope that better things were coming, and looking at how the 2020 Season is going – we have definitely come a long way, especially in the last two years. So much so, I got my very first tattoo in September to celebrate the last 3 podiums we have achieved, from Brazil, Austria and Italy.
The heritage behind McLaren is one to be admired, showcasing many F1 champions throughout the history of the sport – they really have had some of the greats. James Hunt, Lewis Hamilton, Niki Lauda, Mika Hakkinen and of course Ayrton Senna, to name a few.
The team itself are incredible when it comes to Fan Interaction, giving opportunities for lots of different competitions from signed merchandise to a virtual look into the McLaren Garage on Race Weekends, which I have been very fortunate to be part of myself – but we’ll save those stories for another day! Because of this interaction, its helped many fans build beautiful friendships within the F1 Community, some of which will truly be friends for life.
All this together, as well as their incredible brownie recipe, is why I love McLaren.