McLaren MP4-17

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McLaren MP4-17
McLaren MP4-17D
Raikkonen 2003.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor McLaren
Designer(s) Adrian Newey, Neil Oatley
Predecessor MP4-16
Successor MP4-18
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) double wishbone, inboard torsion bar/damper system, pushrod and bell crank-activated
Suspension (rear) double wishbone, inboard torsion bar/damper system, pushrod and bell crank-activated
Engine Mercedes-Benz FO110M V10 (72°) naturally aspirated
Transmission McLaren longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
Fuel Mobil 1
Tyres Michelin
Competition history
Notable entrants West McLaren Mercedes
Notable drivers 3. United Kingdom David Coulthard
4. Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Debut 2002 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
33 3 2 5
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0
Räikkönen driving the MP4-17D

The McLaren MP4-17 was the car with which the McLaren team competed in the 2002 and 2003 Formula One seasons. It was driven by David Coulthard and Kimi Räikkönen in both seasons.

The team did not perform as well as expected to in 2002, in a season dominated by Ferrari, and due to the unreliability of the car; they eventually finished third in the constructors championship with 65 points and one victory, in Monaco.

Using a development version of the car, the MP4-17D, the 2003 season started very promisingly with wins at the two first grands prix of the year, one each for Coulthard and Räikkönen. However, rival teams soon caught up as McLaren was sidetracked by the development of the McLaren MP4-18, a radical new design which due to reliability problems never raced in anger. As a result, the team gradually fell slightly further back as the season progressed, allowing rivals able to develop their newer cars more quickly. However, despite this setback, Räikkönen finished in the points consistently and challenged Michael Schumacher for the championship all the way up to the very last race, eventually losing the title by only 2 points. The team again finished third in the constructors championship and had 142 points and two victories – just two points behind Williams F1.


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position, results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
2002 MP4-17 Mercedes FO110M 3.0 V10 M AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR GBR FRA GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN 65 3rd
David Coulthard Ret Ret 3 6 3 6 1 2 Ret 10 3 5 5 4 7 3 Ret
Kimi Räikkönen 3 Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 3 Ret 2 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 3
2003 MP4-17D Mercedes FO110M 3.0 V10

Mercedes FO110P 3.0 V10

M AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN ITA USA JPN 142 3rd
David Coulthard 1 Ret 4 5 Ret 5 7 Ret 15 5 5 2 5 Ret Ret 3
Kimi Räikkönen 3 1 2 2 Ret 2 2 6 Ret 4 3 Ret 2 4 2 2
 
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