Last year 5th (181pts)
McLaren has endured a difficult round of winter testing, dogged by reliability issues for its new Honda drivetrain. The Japanese giant is a year behind the other engine manufacturers in coming to grips with F1’s complex V6 hybrid regulations, so it could take the rest of 2015 to get on terms.
Alonso, Button, McLaren and Honda is a potentially title-winning combination, but it’s going to take a while to realise that potential – and Alonso is already at a disadvantage, with an accident in testing forcing him off the grid in Melbourne. Test driver Kevin Magnussen will take his place.
Our verdict: This is going to be a development year for McLaren as it gets the Honda engine partnership up and running. Strong results are unlikely.
Last year 6th (161pts)
Did you know? After many years living in Switzerland for tax reasons, Alonso has moved back to Spain.
Last year 8th (126pts)
Did you know? Button married long-time girlfriend, model Jessica Michibata, in Hawaii back in December.