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A poll was recently conducted by Autosport, who asked fans to vote for their favourite Formula One car of all time. Over 30,000 votes came in and the overwhelming favourite emerged to be McLaren’s dominant 1988 MP4/4.
The website pitted various cars against each other in a ‘World Cup’ style voting competition, before the eventual winner was declared.
After progressing through the early rounds with comfortable victories, the MP4/4 faced competition from the 1992 Williams FW14B, the 1991 Jordan 191, and the 2005 McLaren MP4-20 in the final, with voting open for 24 hours and concluding on Wednesday.
It is the same car that famously delivered 15 wins in 16 races across the 1988 season. It was, of course, in the capable hands of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.
35% people voted for it, with 27% going for the Williams and 20% for the Jordan, with the more recent McLaren finishing fourth.
Things started off with a total of 148 cars in the running initially, from which the top 32 were selected and randomly drawn into eight groups of four for the opening round.
One team progressed from each group to the penultimate stage, with the top two in each semifinal progressing to the final.
The MP4/4 won the opening semifinal, but the Williams FW14B and the Brawn BGP 001 were caught in a tie. An additional hour of voting helped to decide the second finalist – with the 1993 Williams FW15C a distant fourth.
The McLaren MP4-20 and the Jordan progressed relatively comfortably from the second semifinal, defeating the 1990 and 1995 Ferraris.