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Lando Norris, McLaren MCL60, 2nd position, arrives in Parc Ferme
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Can McLaren make the next step to challenge for F1 titles again?

The Woking squad’s impressive progress in the second half of the 2023 season points to a momentum that could put it in position to be chief challenger to the Red Bull hegemony. But what should be expected in 2024?

“Can McLaren do an Aston?” We posed that question on the cover of our 18 May 2023 issue. Now, entering 2024, we’re asking whether the orange team might soon do rather better: could it even rival Red Bull in the upcoming Formula 1 campaign? 

That the question can be posed at all says so much about the 2023 season just gone for McLaren. The team had a reliability nightmare across Bahrain testing and the opening race there last year, and a car that struggled to escape Q1 in many of the early rounds, yet ended up fourth in the constructors’ championship. It eventually finished comfortably clear of Aston Martin, which had made its own big jump over the winter and was significantly more competitive in the early events.  

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