Comparative analysis 2015/2016: Mclaren

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McLaren is experiencing one of the most difficult moments of its history, not only as a result of their association with Honda, but also thanks to its discreet performance of recent years. The team of Woking carries a whopping 18 years without winning the World Championship of constructors and, in that period, has only won one drivers title: in 2008. The last runner of builders was in 2011.

With these data on the table makes it difficult to point to Honda as the sole culprit of the disaster in 2015, but neither can we deny that he was the main responsible. The engine had no power, nor reliability. Simply, as those involved have already recognized, on several occasions, he was not ready to compete.

This year things have changed, although it has not been until the month of July we have seen signs really noticeable improvement is achieved. Although the reliability is not achieved, at least the performance is already sufficiently acceptable as to be considered fit to compete in Formula 1.

McLaren F1 MP4-30 (2015) MP4-31 (2016)
technical Direction , Tim Goss Tim Goss
Engineering Neil Oatley Neil Oatley
Aerodynamics Matt Morris Matt Morris
Motor Honda RA615 H 2015 Honda RA616 H 2016
Great Prizes 10 (19) 12
Victories 0 (0) 0
Pole positions 0 (0) 0
quick Turns 0 (0) 0
Podiums 0 (0) 0
Points 17 (27) 42
Average points per race 1,7 (1,42) 3,5
Kilometres travelled 3.731 (8.672) 6.128
Miles led 0 (0) 0
average Position in ranking 16,12 (16,59) 12,01
Average position in the race 10,55 (12,13) 10,24
Abandonos 9 (13) 7

in parentheses the statistics of the season 2015 is already finished.

The multiple faults make it difficult to establish a reliable comparison, but it is obvious that things have improved a lot this season. The loot of points is considerably higher this year, in which the average has doubled. The kilometres travelled have also risen markedly (an average of 140 miles more per race!) and the average position on the grid is clearly better.

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In terms of race, the improvement is not so evident because last year we started from too far back and the abandonment of other competitors that allowed Alonso and Button to improve your average, but this year that figure is more real and praiseworthy.

Fernando Alonso 2015* 2016**
Great Prizes 9 (18) 11
Victories 0 (0) 0
Pole positions 0 (0) 0
quick Turns 0 (0) 0
Podiums 0 (0) 0
Points 11 (11) 24
Average points per race 1,2 (0,61) 2
Kilometres travelled 1.772 (4.026) 2.898
Miles led 0 (0) 0
average Position in ranking 15,44 (15,56) 11,55
average Position in the race 9,5 (12,18) 10,5
Dropouts 5 (8) 4

in parentheses the statistics of the season 2015 is already finished.

*Kevin Magnussen replaces Fernando Alonso in Australia.

** Stoffel Vandoorne replaces Fernando Alonso in Bahrain.

The duo Alonso-Button is one of the most balanced of the championship and, in general, are the faults or incidents that get out of balance the balance in to a greater extent than the pure performance get.

Fernando Alonso was very much hampered by the retirements in the second half of 2015, which contributed to the fail of any point in that period. On the contrary, the Button is made with ten of the 16 total points on the year, ahead of the Spanish. This affects any comparison, but it is important to note the rise in the average number of points of Alonso this year, as well as in the 1000 extra miles rides of the season so far. In addition, the middle position in classification has improved four positions and the career, in something less than two with respect to the end of 2015.

Jenson Button, for his part, offers a similar analysis, although with a smaller rise of points and an improvement, something more apparent in race conditions. In addition, as in the case of Alonso, the lower number of dropouts contributes to certify the step forward taken by McLaren and Honda.

Jenson Button 2015 2016
Great Prizes 10 (19) 12
Victories 0 (0) 0
Pole positions 0 (0) 0
quick Turns 0 (0) 0
Podiums 0 (0) 0
Points 6 (16) 17
Average points per race 0,6 (0,84) 1,41
Kilometres travelled 1.959 (4.646) 3.016
Miles led 0 (0) 0
average Position in ranking 16,8 (16,21) 12,5
average Position in the race 11,6 (12,08) 10,22
Abandonos 4 (5) 3

in parentheses the statistics of the season 2015 is already finished.

If in 2015 the duel between Alonso and Button was pretty much even in qualifying, this year the Spanish has acquired a good deal more advantage. Less than a second separated both in the global time of the last season, but in the current Alonso is ahead in something more than two to the british.

In the race things are more tight, although it is true that we have only been able to see five Big Prizes in that both saw the checkered flag.

Comparison between pilotos 2015 2016
Classification (Alonso-Button) 4-3 (7-7)* 8-3***
full Advantage in classification (in seconds) +0,528 Alonso
(+0,784 Alonso)
+2,171 Alonso
Race (Alonso-Button) 2-0 (4-3)** 3-2****

in parentheses the statistics of the season 2015 is already finished.

* Alonso will not participate in Australia and not classified in Brazil, the Button is not qualified in Canada, Mexico, and none ranks in Bahrain.

** Alonso not taking part in Australia and he leaves in Spain, Monaco, Italy and Mexico. Button abandons in Great Britain. Both leave in Malaysia, Canada, Austria and Singapore.

*** Alonso is not involved in Bahrain.

**** Alonso leaves in Australia, Spain, Europe and Austria. Button leaves in Bahrain, Canada and Hungary.

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