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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 reviewEdit

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 ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One Results
YearDriverTyre123456789101112131415161718192021
2016 Flag of Australia Flag of Bahrain Flag of China Flag of Russia Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Canada Flag of Europe Flag of Austria Flag of Great Britain Flag of Hungary Flag of Germany Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Singapore Flag of Malaysia Flag of Japan Flag of the United States Flag of Mexico Flag of Brazil Flag of the United Arab Emirates
Spain Alonso P RetINJ12th6thRet5th11thRet18th13th7th12th7th14th7th7th16th5th13th10th10th
United Kingdom Button 14thRet13th10th9th9thRet11th6th12thRet8thRet12thRet9th18th9th12th16thRet
Belgium Vandoorne 10th

NotesEdit

V T E McLarenLogo McLaren Racing
Founder
Bruce McLaren
Notable Personnel
Éric Boullier · Ron Dennis · Tim Goss · Jonathan Neale · Neil Oakley · 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
2. Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne · 14. Spain Fernando Alonso
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)
F1 Cars
M2B · M4B · M5A · M7A · M7B · M7C · M7D · M9A · M14A · M14D · M19A · M19C · M23 · M26 · M28 · M29 · M29F · M30 · MP4/1 · MP4B · MP4/1C · MP4/1E · MP4/2 · MP4/2B · MP4/2C · MP4/3 · MP4/4 · MP4/5 · MP4/5B · MP4/6 · MP4/6B · MP4/7A · MP4/8 · MP4/9 · MP4/10 · MP4/10B · MP4/10C · MP4/11 · MP4/11B · MP4/12 · MP4/13 · MP4/14 · MP4/15 · MP4-16 · MP4-17 · MP4-17D · MP4-18 · MP4-19 · MP4-19B · MP4-20 · MP4-21 · MP4-22 · MP4-23 · MP4-24 · MP4-25 · MP4-26 · MP4-27 · MP4-28 · MP4-29 · MP4-30 · MP4-31 · MCL32
Season Reports
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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 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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