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Mika Häkkinen driving the MP4/9 at the 1994 British Grand Prix.

The McLaren MP4/9 was a Formula One car for the 1994 season. The number 7 car was driven by Mika Häkkinen and the number 8 car by Martin Brundle.

Due to changes in Formula One regulations intended to return emphasis on driver skills, many technologies designed to aid the driver, such as active suspension, power assisted brakes, ABS and traction control, which had featured on the previous seasons car, were no longer permitted.

The team's test driver was Philippe Alliot, at the behest of engine supplier Peugeot, who preferred the Frenchman over Brundle for the role of second driver. He raced for the team as a one-off replacement for Häkkinen in Hungary, as the Finn was serving a one-race ban after being held responsible for a large accident on the first lap at the preceding German Grand Prix. The title sponsor was Marlboro with additional branding by Hugo Boss, Shell and Goodyear.

By the standards of McLaren's recent cars the MP4/9 was a disappointment, failing to win any races and hampered by poor reliability and performance from its Peugeot engine (taken from the 905 sportscar that won Le Mans twice). Early in the season McLaren team boss Ron Dennis had believed rivalry between the French manufacturer and compatriots Renault would lead to rapid development and performance. As the season progressed the engines suffered regular, and frequently spectacular, failures and the team began to doubt Peugeot's commitment to the project. By late 1994 the team announced it had parted company with the engine supplier in favour of a long term deal with Mercedes.

Number 7 McLaren MP4/9 driven by Häkkinen in the '94 season. From The Donington Collection.

Drivers: Martin Brundle (8), Philippe Alliot (7), Mika Häkkinen (7)

Chassis: McLaren MP4-9

Engine: Peugeot 3.5 V10 (taken from the Peugeot 905)

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