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The McLaren M29 is a Formula One racing car built and run by McLaren during the 1979 Formula One World Championship and the 1980 Formula One World Championship. The F version of the McLaren M29 was built in 1979, but only ran during five races of the 1981 Formula One World Championship. The M29F was the last of the M-numbered cars to be raced, as later in the season, the McLaren MP4/1 was readied for use in the championship.

McLaren M29
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John Watson's 1979-specification M29 now housed in the Donington Grand Prix Collection
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorMcLaren
Designer(s)Gordon Coppuck
PredecessorMcLaren M28
SuccessorMcLaren M30
Technical specifications
ChassisAluminium monocoque
EngineFord-Cosworth DFV, 2993cc V8, naturally aspirated, mid-engined, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionMcLaren / Hewland FGA 400/6 6-speed manual
Competition history
Notable entrantsMarlboro Team McLaren/Marlboro McLaren International
Notable drivers7. United Kingdom John Watson
8. Italy Andrea de Cesaris
8. France Alain Prost
8. France Patrick Tambay
8. United Kingdom Stephen South
Debut1979 British Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
26000

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position) (results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Points WCC
1979 Marlboro Team McLaren M29 Ford Cosworth DFV G ARG BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 15* 7th
John Watson 4 5 9 Ret Ret 6 6
Patrick Tambay Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret
1980 Marlboro Team McLaren M29B
M29C
Ford Cosworth DFV G ARG BRA RSA USW BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 11** 9th
John Watson Ret 11 11 4 NC DNQ 7 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 NC
Alain Prost 6 5 DNS Ret Ret Ret 6 11 7
Stephen South DNQ
1981 Marlboro McLaren International M29F Ford Cosworth DFV G USW BRA ARG SMR BEL MON ESP FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN CPL 28*** 6th
John Watson Ret 8
Andrea de Cesaris Ret Ret 11 6 Ret

* 8 points in 1979 scored using the McLaren M28
** 1 point in 1980 scored using the McLaren M30
*** 27 points in 1981 scored using the McLaren MP4/1