Over the past two F1 seasons, McLaren has made significant strides to return to the forefront of Formula One. However, James Key, the British team’s technical director, admits that it still has some way to go to reach the level of Mercedes and Red Bull.
After a long and difficult period, McLaren is slowly making its way back to the forefront of Formula One. The British team finished up fourth place in the constructors’ standings in 2021 and a third place in 2020. The disastrous season of 2017, when McLaren finished ninth out of ten in the constructors’ standings, seems a long way off for Zak Brown’s team.
Over the years, McLaren has made great strides in the way it works and this is starting to pay off. However, the team’s technical director is realistic about McLaren’s situation and says there is still some way to go to catch up with Mercedes and Red Bull.
For James Key, McLaren has “a long way to go” to catch up with Mercedes and Red Bull
“If you look at what we’ve been able to achieve in terms of results over the last two and a half years, we’ve already been able to take some good steps in this process of getting back to the forefront of Formula 1.
“At the same time, when you see the average lap time deficit we still have throughout the year compared to Red Bull and Mercedes, we have a realistic picture of where we are and we know we still have a long way to go.
“We are obviously ambitious. We want to shorten this process. We know there are things we can’t shortcut, such as the wind tunnel set-up, which will also be critical, but I’m very happy with what I’m seeing in terms of the development of the team,” James Key admits.