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The dramatic start of McLaren's 21st century decline

One of Formula 1's greatest forces has only won one title this century, yet has been at the centre of some of the biggest dramas of the modern era. As the millennium turned, McLaren had geniuses behind the wheel and at the drawing board - all the ingredients for lasting success. DAMIEN SMITH explains why it went wrong

Somewhere in a parallel Formula 1 universe, Adrian Newey never left McLaren. He never lost his mojo, never felt undermined, and was given the trust he craved to conceive, design and build racing cars to his sole vision. There was never any need for him to join Red Bull.

In that universe, Newey's first constructors' crown with McLaren - delivered courtesy of the majestic MP4-13 in 1998 - was simply the first in a string of glories rather than an increasingly stark landmark, 
21 long years later, as the team's last.

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