10,000 laps at the front... and counting
During the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix, we reached another impressive milestone in our history – we led our 10,000th Formula 1 race lap.
Jenson Button drove the historic lap, reaching the milestone on his 17th tour of 78. He would lead a further 15 laps during that race.
To mark his and the team’s achievement, Absolute Taste, the McLaren Group company that runs Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ hospitality and catering, made a fabulous 10,000th lead lap cake for Jenson to cut in the team's garage on Friday ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.
We reached another significant milestone in our history in Montreal - breaking through the 4000-point barrier. After Jenson's win, our tally in the sport stands at 4021.5.
The Canadian Grand Prix was also the 302nd we’ve led since team founder Bruce McLaren led our very first race lap back in 1968. He crossed the finish line in the lead on the last lap of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps to take the team’s first-ever Formula 1 victory.
The next race on the calendar, the European Grand Prix, offers us a tantalising opportunity to reach yet another big milestone. If our drivers manage to lead for 73km or more, we will have driven 47,500km while leading a Formula 1 race.