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The McLaren MP4-31 was a car designed by McLaren for the 2016 Formula One season. It was unveiled on 21st February 2016 in a black livery that they ran in the previous season. Their drivers were Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, with Stoffel Vandoorne substituting Alonso for the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix following Alonso's crash at Australia.

The MP4-31's sponsors are Chandon, Mobil 1, Esso, KPMG, Segafredo, Hilton, SAP, CNN and Richard Mille.

Season review[]

In testing, McLaren showed a lot of progress. In qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, the team's qualifying times were 5 seconds faster compared to their qualifying times last year. In the race, Alonso had a big crash on lap 18 with Esteban Gutiérrez from Haas, and both of them walked away uninjured. Button went on to finish 14th.

At the next round in Bahrain, Stoffel Vandoorne replaced an injured Alonso for the whole race weekend, because Alonso was deemed unfit to race from his injuries in the previous race. Vandoorne qualified 12th, out-qualifying his team-mate Jenson Button, and eventually gave McLaren their first point of the season by finishing tenth in the race.

Alonso secured his first points finish at the Russian Grand Prix, finishing sixth. He went on to finish a season-best fifth at the Monaco Grand Prix, repeating his best result from last year's Hungarian Grand Prix. In the second half of the season at the Belgian Grand Prix, Alonso finished seventh after starting 22nd and last, earning him the Driver of the Weekend.

The Japanese Grand Prix was the team's worst performance of the season. Alonso could only manage a 15th place in qualifying, meanwhile Button qualified a poor 17th. Alonso finished 16th in the race, meanwhile Button finished 18th. McLaren showed off their true pace at the United States Grand Prix, with Alonso finishing fifth after starting 12th and Button finishing ninth after starting from 19th.

Complete Formula One Results[]

Complete Formula One Results
Year Driver Tyre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
2016 Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Bahrain.svg Flag of China.svg Flag of Russia.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Great Britain.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Singapore.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Japan.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
Spain Alonso P Ret INJ 12th 6th Ret 5th 11th Ret 18th 13th 7th 12th 7th 14th 7th 7th 16th 5th 13th 10th 10th
United Kingdom Button 14th Ret 13th 10th 9th 9th Ret 11th 6th 12th Ret 8th Ret 12th Ret 9th 18th 9th 12th 16th Ret
Belgium Vandoorne 10th

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Founder
Bruce McLaren
Notable Personnel
Éric Boullier · Ron Dennis · Tim Goss · Jonathan Neale · Neil Oatley · Peter Prodromou
Former Notable Personnel
John Barnard · Gordon Coppuck · Pat Fry · Norbert Haug · Robin Herd · Paddy Lowe · Neil Martin · Teddy Mayer · Sam Michael · Gordon Murray · Adrian Newey · Steve Nichols · Jo Ramirez · Nicholas Tombazis · Martin Whitmarsh
Drivers
3. Australia Daniel Ricciardo
4. United Kingdom Lando Norris
World Champions
Brazil Emerson Fittipaldi (1974) · United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (2008) · United Kingdom James Hunt (1976) · Finland Mika Häkkinen (1998, 1999) ·
Austria Niki Lauda (1984) · France Alain Prost (1985, 1986, 1989) · Brazil Ayrton Senna (1988, 1990, 1991)
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Full results
V T E 2016 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Haas • Manor • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Renault • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • TAG Heuer
Drivers alphabetically Alonso • Bottas • Button • Ericsson • Grosjean • Gutiérrez • Hamilton • Haryanto • Hülkenberg • Kvyat • Magnussen • Massa • Nasr • Ocon • Palmer • Pérez • Räikkönen • Ricciardo • Rosberg • Sainz • Vandoorne  • Verstappen • Vettel • Wehrlein
Drivers by number Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 6 Rosberg • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 11 Pérez • 12 Nasr • 14 Alonso • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 21 Gutiérrez • 22 Button • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 30 Palmer • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Vandoorne  • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas • 88 Haryanto • 94 Wehrlein
Other Drivers Celis • di Resta • Fong • Fuoco • Gasly • Jordá • Kari • King • Leclerc • Lynn • Matsushita • Mazepin • Paffett • Rossi • Stoneman • Stroll • Turvey • Vergne
Cars Ferrari SF16-H • Force India VJM09 • Haas VF-16 • Manor MRT05 • McLaren MP4-31 • Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid • Red Bull RB12 • Renault RS16 • Sauber C35 • Toro Rosso STR11 • Williams FW38
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia • Bahrain • China • Russia • Spain • Monaco • Canada • Baku • Austria • Britain • Hungary • Germany • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • Malaysia • Japan • United States • Mexico • Brazil • Abu Dhabi
Tests Paul Ricard • Barcelona: 1 • 2 • 3
See also 2015 Formula One Season • 2017 Formula One Season • Category
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