McLaren MP4/14

The McLaren MP4/14 was a Formula One car used by the McLaren-Mercedes team in the 1999 Formula One World Championship. The chassis was designed by Adrian Newey, Steve Nichols, Neil Oatley and Henri Durand with Mario Illien designing the bespoke Ilmor engine. The car was used by Mika Häkkinen to win the Drivers' Championship for the second time in a row, although the Constructors' Championship was won by Ferrari using the F399.

McLaren MP4/14
Mika Hakkinen 1999 Canada.jpg
Mika Häkkinen driving the MP4/14 at the 1999 Canadian Grand Prix
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorMcLaren
Designer(s)Adrian Newey (Technical Director)
Neil Oatley (Chief Designer)
Steve Nichols (Engineering Director)
Matthew Jeffreys (Head of Vehicle Design)
David North (Chief Engineer-Transmission)
David Neilson (Principal Engineer-Suspension)
Paddy Lowe (Head of R&D)
Henri Durand (Head of Aerodynamics)
PredecessorMP4/13
SuccessorMP4/15
Technical specifications
ChassisMoulded carbon fibre/aluminium honeycomb composite structure.
Suspension (front)Double wishbones, pushrod-operated rockers.
Suspension (rear)Double wishbones, pushrod-operated rockers.
EngineIlmor-built Mercedes-Benz FO110H 3.0 L (183.1 cu in) 72° V10, naturally aspirated, mid-engined.
TransmissionMcLaren 7-speed sequential
Power785–810 hp (585.4–604.0 kW) at 17,000 rpm[1][2]
Weight600 kg (1,323 lb) (inc. driver.)
FuelMobil Unleaded
TyresBridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrantsWest McLaren Mercedes
Notable drivers1. Finland Mika Häkkinen
2. United Kingdom David Coulthard
Debut1999 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
167119
Drivers' Championships1 (Häkkinen)

The MP4/14 was the fastest car of the season, with aerodynamics that were even more advanced than the previous year's all-conquering MP4/13, while the Mercedes engine remained the most powerful on the grid. However, serious reliability problems, as well as errors by the drivers, meant that the Constructors' Championship was won by Ferrari.[3]

McLaren used 'West' logos, except at the French, British and Belgian Grands Prix.

McLaren MP4/14 on display at the Donington Collection. The car carries chassis number 4 and is in the state it crossed the line to win both the 1999 Japanese Grand Prix and the Formula One Drivers' Championship for its driver, Mika Häkkinen.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

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

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1999 McLaren Mercedes V10 B AUS BRA SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR AUT GER HUN BEL ITA EUR MAL JPN 124 2nd
Mika Häkkinen Ret 1 Ret 3 1 1 2 Ret 3 Ret 1 2 Ret 5 3 1
David Coulthard Ret Ret 2 Ret 2 7 Ret 1 2 5 2 1 5 Ret Ret Ret

ReferencesEdit

  • AUTOCOURSE 1999-2000, Henry, Alan (ed.), Hazleton Publishing Ltd. (1999) ISBN 1-874557-34-9
  1. ^ "McLaren Racing - Heritage - MP4-14". www.mclaren.com. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Engine Mercedes". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 17 November 2020.
  3. ^ "McLaren MP4/14 Was Good, But Not Good Enough For the Double". www.snaplap.net. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2019.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
McLaren MP4/13
Autosport
Racing Car Of The Year

1999
Succeeded by
Ferrari F1-2000