The trick car that ended McLaren's 90s win drought

The trick car that ended McLaren's 90s win drought

Back in the late 1990s, struggling McLaren was looking for new inspiration with this harbinger of new Formula 1 hope, says DAMIEN SMITH

The dry patch lasted three full seasons and 49 races. At the time, it seemed inconceivable that McLaren - the superpower with which first Niki Lauda, then emphatically Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna, bestrode Formula 1 - should have fallen so low.

Today, after a win drought that is now well over double the length and shows absolutely no sign of being quenched, the mid-1990s seem just a blip. Perspectives have changed.

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