• FIA Formula 1 World Championship 2017 Review

    Tough Season Ends With Consecutive Points Looking Forward To Next Season with New Partner


    In its third McLaren-Honda season, Honda armed the team with a new concept power unit, but endured a rocky year through mechanical issues. Honda had announced mid-season that its partnership with McLaren would be dissolved, and in its place a new partnership with Toro Rosso would begin in the 2018 season. The 2017 season ended with three consecutive points finishes, and Honda vowed to make next year more successful.



Machine - MCL32


MCL32
MCL32

Technical Specification

Chassis

Monocoque Carbon-fibre composite, incorporating driver controls and fuel cell
Safety structures Cockpit survival cell incorporating impact resistant construction and anti-penetration panels, front impact structure, prescribed side impact structures, integrated rear impact structure, front and rear roll structures
Bodywork Carbon-fibre composite, including engine cover, sidepods, floor, nose, front wing and rear wing with driver-operated drag reduction system
Front suspension Carbon-fibre wishbone and pushrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system
Rear suspension Carbon-fibre wishbone and pullrod suspension elements operating inboard torsion bar and damper system
Weight Overall vehicle weight 728kg (including driver, excluding fuel)
Weight distribution between 45.3% and 46.3%
Electronics McLaren Applied Technologies. Including chassis control, power unit control, data acquisition, sensors, data analysis and telemetry
Instruments McLaren Applied Technologies dashboard
Greases & Fluids Castrol grease and hydraulic oil
Brake system Akebono brake calipers and master cylinders
Akebono ‘brake by wire’ rear brake control system
Carbon discs and pads
Steering Power-assisted rack and pinion
Tyres Pirelli P Zero
Race wheels Enkei
Garage Radio Kenwood
Paint AkzoNobel Car Refinishes system using Sikkens products
Cooling Systems Calsonic Kansei water and oil cooling

Power Unit

Type HONDA RA617H
Minimum weight 145 kg
Primary PU components Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)
Motor Generator Unit - Kinetic (MGU-K)
Motor Generator Unit - Heat (MGU-H)
Energy Store (ES) 
Turbocharger
Control Electronics
Internal Combustion Engine
 Capacity 1.6 litres
 Cylinders Six
 Bank angle 90 degree vee angle
 No of valves 24
 Max speed 15,000 rpm
 Max fuel flow rate 100 kg/hour (above 10,500 rpm)
 Fuel consumption 105 kg ‘lights to flag’ regulated fuel capacity limit
 Fuel injection Direct injection, single injector per cylinder, 500 bar max
 Pressure charging Single-stage compressor and exhaust turbine, common shaft
Fuel and Lubricant BP Castrol
Energy Recovery System
 Architecture Integrated Hybrid energy recovery via Motor Generator Units
Crankshaft coupled electrical MGU-K
Turbocharger coupled electrical MGU-H
 Energy Store Lithium-Ion battery, between 20 and 25 kg
Maximum energy storage, 4 MJ per lap
 MGU-K Maximum speed, 50,000 rpm
Maximum power, 120 kW
Maximum energy recovery, 2 MJ per lap
Maximum energy deployment, 4 MJ per lap
 MGU-H Maximum speed 125,000 rpm
Maximum power, unlimited
Maximum energy recovery, unlimited
Maximum energy deployment, unlimited

Transmission

Gearbox Carbon-fibre composite main case, longitudinally mounted
Gear ratios Eight forward and one reverse
Gear selection Electro-hydraulically operated seamless shift
Differential Epicyclic differential with multi-plate limited slip clutch
Clutch Electro-hydraulically operated, carbon multi-plate
Lubricant Castrol

Drivers


McLaren-Honda

#14 Fernando Alonso

Nationality : Spain

#14 Fernando Alonso

#2 Stoffel Vandoorne

Nationality : Belgium

#2 Stoffel Vandoorne

Races


Round 01: Australia

Round 01: Australia

March 26

Vandoorne 13th Debuting as McLaren-Honda Regular
Alonso Races in the Points But Retired with Damaged Bodywork

Overcoming problems during preseason tests, Alonso was running strongly in 10th place before retiring from the season opener in Melbourne. Vandoorne debuts to the team, finishing strong in 13th despite dashboard damage.

1. Sebastian Vettel(Ferrari)
2. Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes)
3. Valtteri Bottas(Mercedes)
13. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)
NC. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)

Round 02: China

April 9

McLaren-Honda Out of Chinese GP Early
With Mechanical Problems on Both Cars

Alonso, determined to make a comeback from Australia, is off to a good start at the wet Chinese Grand Prix, jumping up to 6th, before retiring from a driveshaft problem. Vandoorne is also out of the race with fuel system issues.

1. Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes)
2. Sebastian Vettel(Ferrari)
3. Max Verstappen(Red Bull)
NC. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
NC. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)
Round 02: China

Round 03: Bahrain

Round 03: Bahrain

April 16

Problems in Bahrain
Vandoorne DNS, Alonso Retires

Vandoorne’s car has issues in free practice at the Bahrain race weekend, and water pressure issues discovered before the race prevent him from starting. Alonso once again is off to a strong start, battling to finish within the points, but returns to the garage and retires in the late stages.

1. Sebastian Vettel(Ferrari)
2. Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes)
3. Valtteri Bottas(Mercedes)
14. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
NC. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)

Round 04: Russia

April 30

Vandoorne Goes the Distance in Russia
Alonso DNS with Pre-start Problems

The team looked forward to gaining points in Russia, where both cars had finished within the points last year, but Alonso’s car develops ERS problems during the formation lap and cannot start. Vandoorne battles on his own, to finish the race for the first time since Round 1.

1. Valtteri Bottas(Mercedes)
2. Sebastian Vettel(Ferrari)
3. Kimi Räikkönen(Ferrari)
14. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)
NC. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
Round 04: Russia

Round 05: Spain

Round 05: Spain

May 14

Alonso Qualifies 7th in Spain
Sends the Home Crowd Wild with Wholehearted Drive

Alonso, in front of his home crowd at the first European round in Spain, qualified 7th, and was the center of attention for the whole weekend. Although he missed out on points, his determined drive indicated progress was being made.

1. Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes)
2. Sebastian Vettel(Ferrari)
3. Daniel Ricciardo(Red Bull)
12. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
NC. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)

Round 06: Monaco

May 28

Jenson Button Returns to F1 for One Race
Both McLaren-Honda Drivers Onto Q3

Button replaces Alonso at Monaco, as Alonso was across the world racing in the Indy 500. Both Button and Vandoorne make it into Q3, raising hope for a double points finish, but both cars crash during the race.

Round 06: Monaco
1. Sebastian Vettel(Ferrari)
2. Kimi Räikkönen(Ferrari)
3. Daniel Ricciardo(Red Bull)
NC. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)
NC. Jenson Button(McLaren-Honda)

Round 07: Canada

Round 07: Canada

June 11

Just Missed Out on Points in Canada
Fastest Track in the Season

Alonso was running 10th until the last three laps at Canada, renowned as a high-speed circuit, before retiring with power unit issues (although his position was granted). His drive inspired hope for the following races.

1. Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes)
2. Valtteri Bottas(Mercedes)
3. Daniel Ricciardo(Red Bull)
14. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)
16. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)

Round 08: Azerbaijan

Alonso Wins First Points From Back of the Grid
Vandoorne Also Finishes 12th at Azerbaijan Grand Prix

June 25

Vandoorne starts the Azerbaijan Grand Prix from 18th, and Alonso 19th after both drivers are penalized for switching power units. They take advantage of confusion caused by the safety car to climb through the field, giving Alonso his first points finish with 9th place.

Round 08: Azerbaijan
1. Daniel Ricciardo(Red Bull)
2. Valtteri Bottas(Mercedes)
3. Lance Stroll(Williams)
9. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
12. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)

Round 09: Austria

Round 09: Austria

July 9

Hopeful for Another Points Finish
Alonso Out of Luck in Austria

Alonso had started well from 12th grid at the Austrian Grand Prix, but was hit from behind on Lap 1, and is forced to retire. Vandoorne’s brave overtaking moves him up through the field, but finishes just outside the points, in 12th place.

1. Valtteri Bottas(Mercedes)
2. Sebastian Vettel(Ferrari)
3. Daniel Ricciardo(Red Bull)
12. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)
NC. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)

Round 10: Great Britain

July 16

Vandoorne in Q3 in UK, Finishes 11th
Closer and Closer to Points Finish

Vandoorne is unaffected by rainy conditions at the team’s home race, and is into Q3. A mishap in the pits costs him some places, but he manages to finish 11th, just outside the points.

1. Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes)
2. Valtteri Bottas(Mercedes)
3. Kimi Räikkönen(Ferrari)
11. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)
NC. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
Round 10: Great Britain

Round 11: Hungary

Round 11: Hungary

Alonso 6th and Vandoorne 10th in Hungary for Team’s First Double Points Finish

July 30

It was well-known that the MCL32 package would be suited to the low-speed technical Hungarian circuit. Both drivers lived up to expectations, finishing within the points, for a excellent end to the season’s first half.

1. Sebastian Vettel(Ferrari)
2. Kimi Räikkönen(Ferrari)
3. Valtteri Bottas(Mercedes)
6. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
10. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)

Round 12: Belgium

August 27

Both Drivers Off to Perfect Start
Race Not So Perfect at Belgian GP

Alonso almost immediately gains three places from a 10th place start at the Belgian Grand Prix, but is forced to defend himself for the better part of the race, and finally returns to the pits to retire. Vandoorne in his first home race persevered to finish 14th.

1. Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes)
2. Sebastian Vettel(Ferrari)
3. Daniel Ricciardo(Red Bull)
14. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)
NC. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
Round 12: Belgium

Round 13: Italy

Round 13: Italy

September 3

Vandoorne Into Q3 at Ultra-fast Monza
Problems Take Both Drivers Out of Race

Vandoorne mounts a magnificent time attack to progress to Q3 at the Italian Grand Prix, staged on a track with the fastest average speeds of the season, just a week after the Belgian Grand Prix. Both drivers have mechanical issues, and cannot make it to the end of the race.

1. Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes)
2. Valtteri Bottas(Mercedes)
3. Sebastian Vettel(Ferrari)
17. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
NC. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)

Round 14: Singapore

September 17

Both Drivers in Q3 at Singapore
Vandoorne Finishes 7th, a Personal Best

On Day 1 of the Singaporean race weekend, Honda announces it will supply power units to Toro Rosso from 2018. Both drivers are competitive in qualifying, and proceed to Q3. In the race, Alonso moves up to 3rd from the get-go, but crashes. Vandoorne finishes his race in 7th, a personal best.

1. Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes)
2. Daniel Ricciardo(Red Bull)
3. Valtteri Bottas(Mercedes)
7. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)
NC. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
Round 14: Singapore

Round 15: Malaysia

Round 15: Malaysia

October 1

Vandoorne 7th Again on High-speed Track in Searing Malaysian Heat

The MCL32s prove competitive from free practice, despite not being suited to the hot and humid long straights and fast turns at Malaysia. Vandoorne replicates his previous best effort with a 7th place finish, and Alonso also finishes a positive 11th place.

1. Max Verstappen(Red Bull)
2. Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes)
3. Daniel Ricciardo(Red Bull)
7. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)
11. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)

Round 16: Japan

Both Drivers Put in Spirited Effort at Honda’s Hoe Grand Prix

October 8

Alonso qualifies 10th and Vandoorne 11th at Honda’s home track, the Suzuka Circuit. The MCL32s go on to a spirited race, with Alonso fighting until the last lap to finish just shy of the points in 11th.

Round 16: Japan
1. Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes)
2. Max Verstappen(Red Bull)
3. Daniel Ricciardo(Red Bull)
11. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
14. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)

Round 17: United States

Round 17: United States

October 22

Alonso Retires Despite Proceeding to Q3
Vandoorne Charges from the Back to Finish 12th at Austin

Alonso qualifies 8th at the United States Grand Prix, at a track suited to McLaren-Honda’s package. Trouble on Lap 7 during the race prevents Alonso from finishing, but Vandoorne charges from the back of the field to take 12th.

1. Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes)
2. Sebastian Vettel(Ferrari)
3. Kimi Räikkönen(Ferrari)
12. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)
NC. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)

Round 18: Mexico

October 29

Strong Performance in Mexico
Alonso In the Points for First Time Since Hungary

The MCL32 performs exceptionally, despite the high load due to high altitudes of the Mexican track. Alonso is 18th, and Vandoorne 19th on the grid. Alonso charges up to 10th, followed close behind by Vandoorne in 12th.

1. Max Verstappen(Red Bull)
2. Valtteri Bottas(Mercedes)
3. Kimi Räikkönen(Ferrari)
10. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
12. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)
Round 18: Mexico

Round 19: Brazil

Round 19: Brazil

Novenber 12

Alonso’s Season Best 6th Grid
Concerts Into Consecutive Points with 8th

Alonso, proceeding to Q3 from qualifying, is moved up to 6th on the Brazilian grid due to another driver being penalized. After a determined battle, Alonso finishes 8th, for his second race in a row within the points.

1. Sebastian Vettel(Ferrari)
2. Valtteri Bottas(Mercedes)
3. Kimi Räikkönen(Ferrari)
8. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
NC. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)

Round 20: Abu Dhabi

Round 20: Abu Dhabi

Novenber 26

Alonso Finishes Season Finale 9th
Third Consecutive Points Finish in Abu Dhabi

Alonso, starting from 11th grid in the last race of McLaren-Honda’s three year project, is neck-and-neck until he manages to pull away and finish 9th, ending a long season by bringing points home to the team.

1. Valtteri Bottas(Mercedes)
2. Lewis Hamilton(Mercedes)
3. Sebastian Vettel(Ferrari)
9. Fernando Alonso(McLaren-Honda)
12. Stoffel Vandoorne(McLaren-Honda)

Ranking


Driver

Pos. Name (Team) Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 363 18 25 18 12 25 6 25 10 12 25 12 25 25 25 18 25 25 2 12 18
2 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 317 25 18 25 18 18 25 12 12 18 6 25 18 15 0 12 0 18 12 25 15
3 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 305 15 8 15 25 0 12 18 18 25 18 15 10 18 15 10 12 10 18 18 25
4 Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) 205 12 10 12 15 0 18 6 0 10 15 18 12 10 0 0 10 15 15 15 12
5 Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 200 0 12 10 0 15 15 15 25 15 10 0 15 12 18 15 15 0 0 8 0
6 Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 168 10 15 0 10 0 10 0 0 0 12 10 0 1 0 25 18 12 25 10 10
7 Sergio Perez (Force India) 100 6 2 6 8 12 0 10 0 6 2 4 0 2 10 8 6 4 6 2 6
8 Esteban Ocon (Force India) 87 1 1 1 6 10 0 8 8 4 4 2 2 8 1 1 8 8 10 0 4
9 Carlos Sainz (Renault) 54 4 6 0 1 6 8 0 4 0 0 6 1 0 12 0 0 6 0 0 0
10 Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) 43 0 0 2 4 8 0 4 0 0 8 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8
11 Felipe Massa (Williams) 43 8 0 8 2 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 4 4 0 2 1 2 0 6 1
12 Lance Stroll (Williams) 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 15 1 0 0 0 6 4 4 0 0 8 0 0
13 Romain Grosjean (Haas) 28 0 0 4 0 1 4 1 0 8 0 0 6 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
14 Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 19 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 0 0
15 Fernando Alonso (McLaren-Honda) 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
16 Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren-Honda) 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 6 0 0 0 0 0
17 Jolyon Palmer (Renault) 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 Pascal Wehrlein (Sauber) 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) 5 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
20 Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
21 Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 Antonio Giovinazzi (Sauber) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team

Pos. Team Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
1 Mercedes 668 33 33 33 37 25 18 43 28 37 43 27 35 43 40 28 37 35 20 30 43
2 Ferrari 522 37 28 37 33 18 43 18 12 28 21 43 30 25 0 12 10 33 27 40 27
3 Red Bull 368 10 27 10 10 15 25 15 25 15 22 10 15 13 18 40 33 12 25 18 10
4 Force India 187 7 3 7 14 22 0 18 8 10 6 6 2 10 11 9 14 12 16 2 10
5 Williams 83 8 0 8 2 0 2 2 15 3 1 0 4 10 4 6 1 2 8 6 1
6 Renault 57 0 0 2 4 8 0 4 0 0 8 0 8 0 8 0 0 6 0 1 8
7 Toro Rosso 53 6 6 0 1 8 8 0 4 0 0 6 1 0 12 0 0 1 0 0 0
8 Haas 47 0 4 4 0 1 5 1 6 8 0 0 6 0 2 0 6 0 4 0 0
9 McLaren-Honda 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 9 0 0 6 6 0 0 1 4 2
10 Sauber 5 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0