Last year: 9th (27pts)
Things can really only get better for McLaren after a year of severe horsepower deficit to its rivals and a truly catastrophic power unit reliability record. Questions have been raised as to whether the fundamental concept of Honda’s V6 hybrid is flawed, although the team did complete twice as many laps in testing this year than it did ahead of the 2015 season. It seems the problems may have shifted from the engine to the chassis, however, as the drivers were complaining of handling issues and parts delays meant the definitive 2016 aerodynamic set-up couldn’t be evaluated.
Our verdict: Both drivers seem to be hanging on with gritted teeth to see if the 2017 rules will turn McLaren’s luck around. A difficult year lies ahead.
Last year: 16th
Did you know? Button was linked to a role on BBC Top Gear before deciding to continue in F1 this season.
Last year: 17th
Did you know? Fernando says he will end his F1 career at McLaren, but will race to the end of 2017 at least.