The MCL32 of 2017 season was the first car built by McLaren since the 1980 McLaren M30 that does not contain the “MP4” prefix as part of its chassis name. The change was introduced following CEO Ron Dennis’s departure from the team’s parent company, the McLaren Technology Group, in November 2016. The MCL32 was driven by Fernando Alonso, who stayed with the team for a third season, and Stoffel Vandoorne, who joined the team after Jenson Button retired from full-time competition at the end of the 2016 season. The car faced many troubles through the whole season, with numerous retirements and frequent grid penalties as the team had to replace various power unit components out of their allowed amount in the season. It was only at Baku when Alonso managed to score the team’s first point of the season while Vandoorne only managed to do so at Hungary, nearly halfway through the season. McLaren ended its dismal 2017 campaign with 30 points, just 2 more than in their first year with engine partner Honda. Alonso finished the season 15th with 17 points, and Vandoorne was 16th with 13 points.
|Fernando Alonso||14||McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team|