McLaren: Year on Year Comparison – Race 1, Bahrain 2010

This year I am going to have to look at things from two different aspects – with the 2009 points system and the 2010 points system. The drivers are also different – while Lewis Hamilton has stayed, Heikki Kovalainen has been replaced by 2009 World Champion Jenson Button. So, without further ado let’s take a look at the two sets of data.

2009 Points System

2009 2010
LH HK McLaren LH JB McLaren
TOTAL 0 0 0 TOTAL 6 2 8
Australian 0 0 0 Bahrain 6 2 8


2010 Points System

2009 2010
LH HK McLaren LH JB McLaren
TOTAL 0 0 0 TOTAL 15 6 21
Australian 0 0 0 Bahrain 15 6 21


Granted, with the disqualification of Lewis Hamilton in Australia last year and Heikki Kovalainen not managing to complete his first lap it wasn’t going to be hard for McLaren to improve on last year’s start, and that they did. At this point last year both McLaren and the drivers were on zero points, and not looking like progress was going to be made fast. This year, while there is still some work to do to match the speed around corners of the other teams, their straight line speed thanks to their summer innovation is at the top of the pile, so these comparison posts should look very rosey as the season progresses.

We have to remember that while it’s nice to improve from one season to the next,we have to be realistic and realise that in the case of McLaren that’s not a sign of huge achievement. As long as they keep up with the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull then this is going to be a very good season indeed.

As it’s only the first race and there wasn’t a great deal to talk about I’m going to leave with you a rare photo from Bahrain that captured both McLaren cars.

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Filed under Bahrain, Heikki Kovalainen, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Year on Year Comparisons

2 responses to “McLaren: Year on Year Comparison – Race 1, Bahrain 2010

  1. Interesting. Driver / calendar / rules / points changes don’t make it any easier to compare 😉

    Of course, LH finished his first race of the season in the same position that he should have finished last year until it all went horribly wrong!

    • Steve (McLaren Fan)

      Thank goodness the points have stayed this year!

      I just hope Jenson can get comfortable in the car – he seemed to find it quite hard on Sunday.

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