The MP4-24 was designed by by Paddy Lowe, Neil Oatley, Pat Fry and Simon Lacey, and was driven by Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen. The engine, mid-mounted 2.4 L Mercedes-Benz FO 108W with KERS, designed by Mario Illien, was the same as used by Force India and Brawn GP. Reigning champion Hamilton started the season with disqualification from the 3rd place at the Australian Grand Prix for lying to the stewards about the circumstances under which Jarno Trulli passed Hamilton under the safety car. After the British Grand Prix, the midpoint of the 2009 season, McLaren had scored just 13 Constructor’s World Championship points with Hamilton scoring 9 and Kovalainen 4. The car needed a substantial upgrade which was done during a 3-week break between Germany and the next round at Hungary. Hamilton returned to the winning circle immediately by winning the race at Hungaroring. Then he scored several more podiums and won his second race of the season in Singapore. But the weak results of the first half of the season did not allow Lewis to be higher than 5th place in the final standings. For Kovalainen, the second half of the season has also become much stronger at his level. The Finn regularly scored points and ended up 12th in the championship.
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