What are cookies?
Cookies are used by most websites in order to improve users’ experience by enabling a website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).
Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally enable us to improve the performance of our website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier.
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).
You can find out more about the way cookies work on www.cookiecentral.com.
What’s in a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers.
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose
How do third parties show adverts?
At times, third parties may show our adverts outside of our website. If you visit the site, having browsed content and then leave, third parties may ‘remember’ this visit and display a relevant advert within another website you visit. This process is commonly referred to as remarketing or retargeting.The three services this website uses for remarketing/ are Google, Facebook and Bing.
Third parties ‘remember’ you and can display adverts through cookies. Cookies may be sent to your browser when you visit a page on the site, which will then be used to show adverts based on the content you browsed.
The use of first and third party cookies
Our website, app and third-party vendors use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookie) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on someone's past visits to your website.
Our website, app and third-party vendors use first-party cookies (such as the Google Analytics cookies) and third-party cookies (such as the DoubleClick cookie) together to report how your ad impressions, other uses of ad services, and interactions with these ad impressions and ad services are related to visits to your site.
For a full list of cookies please see the table below:
|AWSALB||This is a cookie set by the AWS load balancer, that it uses to manage traffic routing to the pool of webservers.||www.mclaren.com, f1-feed.mclaren.com, investors.mclaren.com|
|f1footprints||This is an internal cookie that assists in personalising the results of article searches according to recently-viewed arcticles.||www.mclaren.com, es.mclaren.com, cn.mclaren.com|
|geoip_country||Allows user to set their location||.mclaren.com
|guest_id||This cookie is set due to Twitter integration and sharing capabilities for the social media.||.twitter.com|
|IDE||Google DoubleClick remarketing cookie. Used for advertising across the web.||.doubleclick.net|
|io||This is used to identify and maintain your connection to the live F1 feed server.||f1-feed.mclaren.com|
|JSESSIONID||A session cookie is required to follow your progress through the website. When you restart your browser and revisit our site, the website will not recognise you.||.nr-data.net|
|mat_csrf||This cookie is used on the MAT site to prevent a type of attack called Cross-Site-Request-Forgeries. It helps verify the source of site requests as being valid.||.nr-data.net|
|personalization_id||This cookie is set due to Twitter integration and sharing capabilities for the social media.||.twitter.com|
|sessionid||Contains the session id to identify the session.||.mclaren.com
|test_cookie||Google DoubleClick remarketing cookie. Used for advertising across the web.||.doubleclick.net|
|tfw_exp||Used to identify you to Twitter, if you do not have a Twitter account or never accessed the Twitter.com website directly then Twitter will assign you a unique code to track your visit to the Twitter feed.||.twitter.com|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||Collect anonymous statistics and performance data for embedded Youtube videos on our website.||.youtube.com|
|YSC||Collect anonymous statistics and performance data for embedded Youtube videos on our website.||.youtube.com|
|_cfduid||CloudFlare asset caching||.mclaren.com|
|Google analytics tracking property||.mclaren.com
|Google analytics tracking property||.es.mclaren.com|
|Google analytics tracking property||.cn.mclaren.com|
|_ga||Google Analytics cookie used to distinguish users. Expires after 2 years. Stores a unique client identification (Client ID), which is a randomly generated number. Once the ID is generated it’s stored in the cookie and is included with each hit/request sent to Google Analytics. This ID is later used by Google Analytics servers to calculate user, session and campaign data.||.mclaren.com
|_gali||Google Analytics cookie||.mclaren.com
|_gid||Google Analytics cookie used to distinguish users. Expires after 24 hours.||.mclaren.com
|_utma||Determines the number of unique visitors to the site (expires after 2 years)||.mclaren.com
|_utmb||This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on any site, (expires after 30 minutes).||.mclaren.com
|_utmc||This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser.||.mclaren.com|
|_uetsid||Bing Universal Event Tracking for ppc conversions and remarketing||.mclaren.com|
|_utmz||This provides information about how you reached the site, (for example from another website or search engine etc.) (expires after 6 months)||.mclaren.com
|1P_JAR||Google advertising cookie used for user tracking and ad targeting purposes||.mclaren.com
|Facebook pixel||Enables rich insights about how Facebook users are using this website and for measuring the performance of the website and remarketing purposes.||.mclaren.com
|id, _drt_, FLC, exchange_uid||Google Remarketing cookies. These cookies are used for advertising across the web. The main advertising cookie on non-Google sites is called ‘id’ and it is stored in browsers under the domain doubleclick.net.||.doubleclick.net|
What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set
Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing.
If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings. Click on the Help function within your browser to find out more.
Please note, by turning off your personalisation across the web and on Google Search, you may still see adverts.
If you would not like us to know your site activity you can install the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. Internet Explorer will sometimes load the Google Analytics opt-out add-on after sending data to Google Analytics. If you are using Internet Explorer, the add-on will set cookies on your computer which will ensure that any data collected is removed immediately from the collection server. Please make sure that third-party cookies aren’t disabled for your Internet Explorer browser. If you delete your cookies, the add-on will reset these cookies, within a short time, to ensure that your Google Analytics browser add-on remains fully functional.
To block cookies on a mobile app, please refer to the iOS or Android websites for further information.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org for further information.