Trending: 11 things McLaren that filled your news feeds
A lot’s been going on at McLaren HQ over the last month, so you'd be forgiven if you missed some of the action that’s been happening away from the track. Being the helpful folk that we are, here’s a quick round-up of the top stories that have been capturing your attention across our social and digital media channels over the last month.
1. Jenson Button confirms 2016 drive with McLaren-Honda
JB has confirmed his seat with McLaren-Honda for 2016, which will be his seventh season with the team. In the words of the man himself: “We will work extremely hard over the next weeks and months in order to make sure that 2016 will be a much better season than 2015 has been.”
More than 3,000 of you retweeted our announcement on Twitter, and 37,000 of you liked the post on Facebook.
@McLarenF1 hits 1 million followers on Twitter
To our one million fans: a massive thank-you for following us on Twitter and on the track. You make us McLaren. #BelieveInMcLarenHonda
3. THE best fans in Formula 1 get creative
We receive literally thousands of mentions every month. We might not have time to reply to them all, but we do try and keep in touch with our fans as often as possible. You're a witty bunch, and while we can't always give a shout-out to everyone, here are couple of top Tweets that have kept the team amused this month.
4. #Fernando250 celebrated in Sochi
Those 250 Grands Prix break down to an impressive tally of 32 wins and a combined total of 1,778 points. They don’t call him the Samurai for nothing. Nicely done, Fernando.
You may have noticed some 8-bit retro-tastic action going on across our channels over the last couple of weeks. If you didn't catch the full video, here it is again, for your pleasure...
We pride ourselves on being the first team to give our fans live radio chat and team insights from each session of every race (starting way back in 2010), and #McLarenLIVE continues to be the most visited page on our website. Although it did recently fall under the control of the dastardly Exhaustus (see point 5!).
Want to know what else has been going on inside the garage? Check it out here.
7. Johnnie Walker presents: #JoyWillTakeYouFurther
Our longstanding association with Johnnie Walker brought a bit of joy into our lives earlier in September with their latest vid featuring Jenson Button and McLaren stalwart, Mika Hakkinen. In case you missed it, here it is... enJOY!
8. A picture tells a thousand words…
We now have over 400,000 of you following the official McLaren Instagram account. As long as you keep loving our photos, we'll keep posting. A quick recap of the most liked pics below. Follow the feed here.
It was 30 years ago that Alain Prost brought home his first F1 world championship, for McLaren in 1985. To celebrate we’ve issued a brand spanking new book, ‘Alain Prost’, written by renowned F1 journalist, Maurice Hamilton. Get your copy here.
10. A new partner announced - Chandon
Fizzing in at the beginning of October, we were delighted to announce a new partnership with sparkling wine brand Chandon. Coming from a vinery to a livery near you in 2016…
11. Happy birthday to The #FlyingFinn
Proving Mika Hakkinen is still a firm favourite, over 21,000 of you gave him a thumbs-up for his birthday on Facebook.