Skip to main content

The past decade has been challenging for McLaren, as the team has rebuilt itself to become again capable of contending for the title. 

The Woking squad's downfall can be traced to 2013, a season without silverware despite the best efforts of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez.

After a promising start in Australia, the hybrid era (even before Honda's arrival) uncovered some of the team's fundamental shortcomings, which became more pronounced as McLaren failed to make the progress they anticipated.  

DR3333

Zak Brown and Andreas Seidl deserve immense credit for the team's upward trajectory since 2017, leading McLaren in its recovery. 

Speaking to Fox Sports, and quoted by f1i.com, Brown talked about the team's environment when he first arrived:

"It was worse than I thought it was going to be as far as the environment, what was going on. 

Scroll to Continue

Read More

"We were in our second year of the Honda relationship, which we struggled with, but logic would say the third [year] is going to be better than the second. 

"It actually ended up being the other way around. 

"I don't think that was by any means all on Honda. It was the entire environment. So I thought I was coming into something that was already on the rebound. 

"What I figured out was actually it was still going down."

2022 has been relatively underwhelming for McLaren, as they find themselves several steps behind the leaders at the front. 

However, the team is aware that competing for championships will take time, with McLaren identifying 2024 as the season when race wins will be achievable. 

In the unveiling of this year's MCL36, Zak Brown eluded to McLaren's infrastructure still requiring improvement before matching that of their rivals.

McLaren can be content with their foundation for this set of regulations, but fighting for 4th in the constructors will only be acceptable for so long.