Explore McLaren’s F1 headquarters on Google Streetview

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It’s been likened to a James Bond villain’s lair and contains some of the greatest and most innovative racing cars ever built. And now you can explore it – virtually.

As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations McLaren have had Google map out parts of the interior of their headquarters where their F1 racers are researched and designed.

The McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Great Britain is home not only to their Formula One team but also their GT racing programme. Around the MTC’s halls McLaren’s Indianapolis 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours-winning cars can also be seen on display

But it’s their grand prix racers McLaren are most famous for and the Google Streetview images show their dominant Porsche-engined cars of the mid-eighties, Ayrton Senna’s Honda-powered racers and the silver Mercedes cars driven to championships by Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton.

McLaren’s enormous trophy cabinet is also on view, teeming with hardware from the world’s greatest race. Though not, of course, any from their disappointing podium-free 2013 campaign.

“The McLaren Technology Centre is widely considered to be an architectural icon,” said team principal Martin Whitmarsh. “Of course, it’s also so much more: It is the beating heart of a technology, motorsport and automotive group which this year celebrated its 50th anniversary.”

““To mark this milestone, and reward our many loyal fans, we’re pleased to be able to open our doors to the public, with the help of Google.”

Have a look around the MTC for yourself via the image above.

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

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BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”