Formula 1. The end of the season: McLaren — failure or progress

Формула-1. Итоги сезона: Макларен — провал или прогресс

Completed season of the Royal race and iSport.ua summarizes the results for the British command of the peloton — McLaren.

Expectation and reality

Формула-1. Итоги сезона: Макларен — провал или прогресс

Last season the Duo of McLaren and Honda has failed miserably, settling in the bottom of the Cup of designers. The main problem was the power plant of the Japanese minders, which broke through every step and was very weak in terms of power.

This season, the team McClaren put specific objectives: the first is the regular output in the third segment, and the second is the ability to cling to the podium. Pre-season tests the progress of the team was noticeable, but to the goals which put the user frankly it was far away. Yes, power plants, Honda finally had a decent speed, but the chassis was unsuccessful, because the clamping force always lacked.

The beginning of the season for the stables of the walking was not too successful. With the first Grand Prix it was clear that the chassis is far from ideal and to fight for points will be difficult. In General, it became clear that in the third segment the machine will reach, but not on all routes, and on the big points, you can claim, but only if the gatherings quicker opponents.

Technical staff the entire season worked hard to improve their engine and the progress has been, however after updating the machine McLaren often went the distance. Overall, Alonso and button looked good on urban roads, such as Monaco, Singapore or on short tracks in Hungary and Austria.

Also this season for McLaren was special because of the departure of the longtime head Ron Dennis, who can say they kicked out their co-owners. In the end the British team though, and have made progress, but settled for sixth place in the constructors ‘ championship, ahead of Toro Rosso, Haas, Reno, Zauber and manor. This is clearly not the result that I would like the manual.

The performances of the pilots of the team McLaren

Формула-1. Итоги сезона: Макларен — провал или прогресс

McLaren

Fernando Alonso

Jenson Button

Stoffel Vandorn

Held Grand Prix

20

21

1

Place in individual competition

10

15

20

Glasses

54

21

1

The best result in the race

5th (Monaco and USA)

6-e (Austria)

10th (Bahrain)

Quick circles

1

0

0

To finish ahead of teammate

7

5

0

Gatherings

3

6

0

Victories in the qualifications

15

5

1

The best result in qualifying

7th (Hungary)

5-e (Austria)

12th (Bahrain)

To get to the second segment

18

16

1

Getting into the third segment

8

3

0


Let’s start with the Spanish world champion Fernando Alonso, who once again proved he has not lost the passion for racing and ready to fight at the limit of their possibilities. Alonso was among the ten strongest pilots of the season, ahead of Williams driver Felipe Massa. Certainly he was the best part of the pilots McLaren, because due to his points, the team from Woking were able to beat Toro Rosso in the constructors ‘ championship. I’m sure if Alonso will not get next season, a good car for having to constantly fight for points, he can follow the example of Jenson Button, Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg.

Go to the British world champion Jenson Button, who clearly had suffered all the bad luck in Formula 1 and took a break for one season, although 99% we can say that this is his last official season in the Royal Motorsport as a pilot. Jenson on many routes failed to show good range and because of this, he could not claim the highest position in the race. It is also worth noting that he often interfered with mechanical problems than Alonso.

Well, finish the story about the pilots on the debutant of the Formula 1 Stoffele the Vandorn. After a terrible accident Alonso in Australia, Stoffel arrived in Bahrain and took the place of combat pilot for one full weekend. In General his only Grand Prix was a brilliant debut, because that’s where he earned his first point in the Royal Motorsport.

Best Grand Prix

Формула-1. Итоги сезона: Макларен — провал или прогресс

If we talk about the best performances of the McLaren team in 2016, we can distinguish two stages, but one truly worthy. Briefly about the first race, which was held in Monaco, where he flashed Fernando Alonso finishing in fifth place.

Well, the second is the amazing race in Austin at the Grand Prix of the United States. It seemed that on this track stables from walking will not have much of a chance, but everything came out opposite. The Spaniard several times was in the tail of the peloton, but thanks to his perseverance and the right strategy could climb to a high place, ahead on the last laps Massa and Sainz. In the end, Alonso finished in fifth place and his teammate Jenson button finished ninth.

The worst Grand Prix

Формула-1. Итоги сезона: Макларен — провал или прогресс

If we talk about the worst race of the season is definitely the Grand Prix of Japan, which is the home for Honda. For the second time in a row the team screwed up by his own fans.

The Japanese circuit was shown and fans all the weaknesses of the car. The McLaren simply wasn’t the speed on the straights due to the lack of engine power, and in the corners is clearly not enough presser forces. As a result, a complete disappointment – the 16-th and 18-th place at the finish of the Grand Prix of Japan, and behind only two cars manor.

Expectations from the season-2017

Формула-1. Итоги сезона: Макларен — провал или прогресс

The main hope McLaren are changes in the leadership team. As we wrote earlier, the perennial leader Ron Dennis left his post, which now will be working, a famous person in the form of Zac brown and helping him will be Jost Capito, who has previously celebrated success in the WRC rally team Volkswagen.

The main problem lies in this question: “Can Japanese motorists, as promised, to make competitive power unit”. If this time will fail, then McLaren should just forget about a duet with “Honda” and switch to other options in the form of Ferrari, Mercedes or Renault.

Also worth mentioning that next season the team from Woking will represent the experienced Spaniard Fernando Alonso and a talented young Belgian Stoffel Vandorn, who will replace the British world champion Jenson Button.

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