The McLaren-Honda F1 Team Finally Won Something

Photo credit: McLaren F1
Photo credit: McLaren F1

Believe it or not, Formula One ne’er-do-wells McLaren finally, finally, finally won something. The series resurrected the F1 Raft Race for the Canadian Grand Prix, and McLaren proved once and for all that they’re the fastest at something. It was on water, but it’s something.

The F1 Raft Race took place in the lake behind the paddock at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve until the ‘90s, per Crews used to assemble their own rafts, but the tradition fell by the wayside when F1 mechanics’ workload increased.

In an effort to make F1 fun again, F1’s new Liberty Media overlords brought it back this year, only with a standardized raft design now to save time. Crews had to assemble the raft kits themselves and take their team principals along for the ride.


Surprise! The bad news bears at McLaren, of all teams, ended up winning the first resurrected F1 Raft Race this year. (I think it goes without saying that Honda was not the raft kit supplier.)

I guess this settles once and for all: McLaren’s a competitive team if they have the same equipment as everybody else.


You can watch the full F1 Raft race here on Facebook if you’d like to savor McLaren’s first win after switching back to Honda engines.

[via WTF1]

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I cannot believe just how much fun and joy Liberty Media has started putting into F1. Just this season alone: That kid getting to visit Kimi, Hamilton’s helmet yesterday, the raft race. Also: they keep extending track contracts with tracks that are actually good (Canadian GP, safe until 2029!)

It’s like they have a vision that the sport can be full of people enjoying themselves and celebrating motorsport rather than griping. Bernie must be apoplectic.