The M19 was constructed by McLaren team in 1971 and raced in the seasons 1971 (as McLaren M19A) and 1972-73 (improved version designated M19C). The car was designed by Ralph Bellamy while the chief designer of the team Gordon Coppuck was busy with the McLaren M16 Indianapolis 500 car project. The M19 featured aluminium monocoque covered with fiberglass panels, Cosworth DFV engine as a fully stressed member, and a new rising rate suspension. The suspension used inboard coilover shocks for the front and rear, which were actuated through a swinging link that gave an increasing spring rate as the springs were compressed. But it never worked well, and was replaced by conventional suspension on the M19C in 1972. The Bruce McLaren works team was represented by Danny Hulme and Peter Gethin, who was substituted by Jackie Oliver in some races at the end of the season. The performance of the car was not very impressive – the best result for the works drivers was Hulme’s 4th places in Monaco and Canada. In the North American part of the season McLaren M19 was also entered by Penske-White team for American Marc Donohue and Englishman David Hobbs. It was the first attempt for Roger Penske, who has been involved in IndyCar racing since 1968, to enter F1 world as team co-owner. Naturally, the driver seat was given to Mark Donohue, who drove for Penske in IndyCar since the debut of the team in 1968. A talented American, who won his two first USAC Championship races earlier that year, fully justified the trust, finishing on the podium in third place at his F1 debut race in Canadian Grand Prix 1971.
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