The MP4-26 had a troubled gestation but McLaren became Red Bull’s closest challengers.
Look back on this year’s racing with a collection of 100 of the best pictures of the year.
The 150?é?? Italia was not a car with which Fernando Alonso could avenge his 2010 defeat.
The Mercedes W02 did not trouble the front runners any more than its predecessor had.
The controversial Drag Reduction System was a running theme in F1 Fanatics’ worst moments of 2011.
F1 Fanatics pick their favourite moments of 2011.
Who do you think was the best F1 driver of 2011? Cast your vote here.
The double-champion raised his game in almost every area in 2011.
Alonso’s season was a case study in what a world class driver can achieve with a sub-par car.
It was Jenson Button, not Lewis Hamilton, who brought home McLaren’s best results.