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McLaren: Year on Year Comparison – Race 3, Malaysia 2010

2009 Points System

2009 2010
LH HK McLaren LH JB McLaren
TOTAL 5 4 9 TOTAL 12 13 25
Australian 0 0 0 Bahrain 6 2 8
Malaysian 2 0 2 Australian 3 10 13
Chinese 3 4 7 Malaysian 3 1 4

 
 

2010 Points System

2009 2010
LH HK McLaren LH JB McLaren
TOTAL 13 10 23 TOTAL 23 31 66
Australian 0 0 0 Bahrain 15 6 21
Malaysian 5 0 5 Australian 8 25 33
Chinese 8 10 18 Malaysian 8 4 12

 
Despite the fantastic performance from Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button on Sunday, McLaren have actually lost ground on the 2009 season thanks to Heikki Kovalianen’s 5th place in the Chinese Grand Prix last year. Interestingly Lewis Hamilton was 6th place in the 3rd race of last season, just as he was this year, and in the Australian Grand Prix 2 weeks ago – that’s a trend we want to see broken, and replaced with smaller numbers!

It’s clear to see what effect the new points system is having as using the 2009 points system Jenson would only be 1 point ahead of Lewis, rather than the 8 points ahead he currently is under the 2010 points system.

Jenson Button in Malaysia

Photo Credit: www.mclaren.com

Even though the 2009 season mad eup a bit of ground this weekend, the current season is still clearly beating last season, and if this story from PlanetF1.com is to be believed then their new ride-height system could make them very competitive in China, up there with the Red Bulls competitive which will see them grabbing a bucket load of points.

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McLaren: Year on Year Comparison – Race 2, Australia 2010

After the poor start to the 2009 season and Jenson’s victory in Australia this past Sunday, I have a feeling the gulf between the 2009 and 2010 points total is about to expand, a lot!

2009 Points System

2009 2010
LH HK McLaren LH JB McLaren
TOTAL 2 0 2 TOTAL 9 12 21
Australian 0 0 0 Bahrain 6 2 8
Malaysian 2 0 2 Australian 3 10 13

 
 

2010 Points System

2009 2010
LH HK McLaren LH JB McLaren
TOTAL 5 0 5 TOTAL 23 31 54
Australian 0 0 0 Bahrain 15 6 21
Malaysian 5 0 5 Australian 8 25 33

 
Interesting to see how the new points system has meant that McLaren have accrued two and half times as many points for 2010 than if we’d still been on the 2009 points system. The way the points have spread out also sees Jenson Button catapulted into an 8 point lead over team mate Lewis Hamilton who was 7 points ahead of Jenson after the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Compared to 2009, 2010 has been a roaring success and whether you are comparing the seasons under the 2009 or 2010 points system, the evidence if clear for all to see. Unless something catastrophic happens I don’t think we’ll see the 2010 points total dropping off to anywhere near the 2009 levels. Even with Lewis Hamilton’s resurgence in the second half of 2009, I’d predict that the second half of the 2010 will out-perform last year thanks to having two drivers who are equally capable of big points hauls – something that Heikki Kovalainen couldn’t achieve last season.

Lewis and Jenson at the launch of the McLaren MP4-25

Photo Credit: www.mclaren.com

This time last season McLaren were 7th in the Constructors’ Championship with just 2 points, behind Toro Rosso. In 2010 they are 2nd to Ferrari, and though they are 14 points behind, they have closed the gap – thanks in large part to Jenson Button’s victory. With the way the points system has changed it’s not inconceivable to think that McLaren could be heading the Constructors’ Championship after this coming weekend’s race in Malaysia.

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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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McLaren: Year on Year Comparison – The Season

With the season now over I thought I’d resurrect the Year on Year Comparisons and see how 2009 compared to 2009. With 2008 being a Championship winning year for Lewis Hamilton and a much better year all round for McLaren I’m not expecting revelations, but inspired by Making Up The Numbers I am going to add in a few pretty graphs for your added visual pleasure!

First, let’s look at the whole season:

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McLaren Season Comparison

Obviously there was one race less this year, but that aside it’s clear to see the performance difference between this season and last. Quite interesting to see that the most points scored in one race is 14 points, in both 2008 and 2009. That elusive 1-2 seems to be eluding them, in fact a less elusive 1-3 hasn’t happened in the past 2 seasons either. Let’s now see how the points per race average differ from between seasons:

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Average Points Per Race

While the numbers are low compared to last season they do the second half the season an injustice, at least for Lewis Hamilton anyway. This next graph shows the accumulation of points through the season and in particular it’s worth noting the sharp increase in the second half of the season, especially by Hamilton.

mc-yoy-2008-2009-racebyrace

Race by Race

Hamilton earned 9 points in the first 9 races and 40 in the next 8 races, If he’d have had the same form in the first part of the season he’d have ended the season with 85 points, which would have him in 2nd place behind Jenson Button. However, those extra points would no doubt have come at the expense of Button so arguably if Hamilton and McLaren had started the season how they finished then Hamilton would have retained his World Drivers Championship in 2009.

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McLaren: Year on Year Comparison – Race 5

With the Spanish Grand Prix having taken place this 2 weekends ago (I know, I’ve been slack!), it’s time to compare progress this year, against the same point in the F1 season 2008.

2008 2009
LH HK McLaren LH HK McLaren
TOTAL 28 19 47 TOTAL 9 4 13
Australian 10 4 14 Australian 0 0 0
Malaysian 4 6 10 Malaysian 1 0 1
Bahrain 0 4 4 Chinese 3 4 7
Spanish 6 0 6 Bahrain 5 0 5
Turkish 8 5 13 Spanish 0 0 0

Do I really need to say much? It’ not like we didn’t know that this season is paling into comparison to the 2008 season! With Lewis Hamilton qualifying for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix in 20th it’s unlikely he’ll be adding to his points total. Heikki Kovalainen has a better chance in 7th but there are some blistering quick cars in Monaco this weekend.

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McLaren: Year on Year Comaprison – Race 4

With the Bahrain Grand Prix having taken place this past weekend, it’s time to compare progress this year, against the same point in the F1 season 2008.

2008 2009
LH HK McLaren LH HK McLaren
TOTAL 20 14 34 TOTAL 9 4 13
Australian 10 4 14 Australian 0 0 0
Malaysian 4 6 10 Malaysian 1 0 1
Bahrain 0 4 4 Chinese 3 4 7
Spanish 6 0 6 Bahrain 5 0 5

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 4 races in 2008, Hamilton was in 2nd place with 20 points in the Drivers’ Championship and Kovalainen was in 6th place on 14 points. After 4 races in 2009, Hamilton is in 7th place with 9 points, and Kovalainen is in 10th place with 4 points. Interestingly, in 2008, Hamilton was 2nd to Raikkonen who had a lead of 9 points, with 29 points. This season Raikkonen is back in 12th place after picking up his only points of 2009 so far in Bahrain, coming in 6th and picking up 3 points. Also in 2008, Ferrari team mate Massa was 4th with 18 points and is yet to score a point in 2009.

In the Constructors’ Championship, after 4 races in 2008, McLaren Mercedes had amassed 34 points and were in 3rd place. In 2009 they have 13 points, and are sitting in 4th place, 37 points behind 1st place Brawn GP. In 2008 Ferrari were in 1st place with 47 points, but this season have only the 3 points that Raikkonen got in Bahrain and are only ahead of Force India who are yet to score a point.

Today is the day that McLaren, represented only by Martin Whitmarsh, face the FIA and face possible further punishment for the incident between Hamilton and Trulli at the Australian Grand Prix in the first race of the season. There have been rumours ranging from £10 million fines to 2 race bans or 30 point deductions. While none are an ideal option, as a race fan I hope the fine is the one that comes to fruition, if any. That way Hamilton and Kovalainen can still race and keep the points they have fought hard for.

With the Spanish Grand Prix in 11 days I’m hoping both drivers will be racing and that McLaren can continue their improving form, the 2009 season is only just getting going, there is still time for McLaren to make an impact.

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McLaren: Year on Year Comparison – Race 3

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.

2008 2009
LH HK McLaren LH HK McLaren
TOTAL 14 14 28 TOTAL 4 4 8
Australian 10 4 14 Australian 0 0 0
Malaysian 4 6 10 Malaysian 1 0 1
Bahrain 0 4 4 Chinese 3 4 7

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.

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