McLaren has seen a major dip in their form recently with their last podium finish arriving a couple of years ago. Their choice to switch to Honda engines in 2015 proved to be a disaster with the team hardly scoring any points over the course of the season.
2016 has been an improvement with the Woking squad currently standing 6th in the Constructors’ Championship. But this is not where they want to be. Chairman of McLaren Automotive and former team principle Ron Dennis has repeatedly stated that they will not relax until they become highly competitive. Although this currently seems a little too far away for now, McLaren have the money, drivers and engineers to do so.
Another important thing required to win is equipment. Thanks to their highly unimpressive performances in the past few seasons, they have lost long-term lubricant partner ExxonMobil to Red Bull Racing. But they might’ve found a replacement and could soon sign a deal. British Petroleum is highly likely to return to Formula One next year as McLaren’s fuel partner. BP are also the owners of renowned lubricant maker Castrol so there as high chances that the Honda engines will run on BP petrol and Castrol lubricants next year.
This is bound to be a major deal involving a lot of money so it wouldn’t be astonishing if the car is painted completely green thanks to their new sponsors.
Where do you think McLaren will finish next season?