It’s stating the obvious a bit to say that McLaren aren’t performing as well as they did at this point in the season last year, but I wanted to see exactly how much worse they are doing this year, and then going forward I’ll see how the year on year comparison changes.
The table above shows how many points were gained from each race, by each driver, and also the total points scored to date by each driver and the total for McLaren as a team.
After 3 races in 2008, Hamilton was in 3rd place in the Drivers’ Championship and Kovalainen was in 5th place, both on 14 points. After 3 races in 2009, Kovalainen is in 9th place and Hamilton is in 10th place, both on 4 points.
In the Constructors’ Championship, after 3 races in 2008, McLaren Mercedes had amassed 28 points and were in 3rd place. By position they don’t seem to be doing so bad this season as they currently sitting in 4th place. However, in 2008 they were just points off the 1st place held by BMW, this season they have a total of 8 points and are 28 points behind Brawn Mercedes in 1st place.
Both Hamilton and Kovalainen do seem to have progressed in the few races we’ve had so far, and while the MP4-24 isn’t at race winning level yet, it is getting more competitive and Hamilton getting into Q3 at the Chinese Grand Prix was a great boost for all involved. It’ll be interesting to see how the comparison with 2008 progresses throughout the season, and whether the gap can be closed, which if it will mean a return to form for McLaren and drivers.