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How McLaren plans to escape its spiral of decline

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How McLaren plans to escape its spiral of decline
By: Ben Anderson
Feb 9, 2018, 10:54 AM

Three years of Honda woe cover up McLaren's longer barren run in Formula 1, which has had an adverse effect on the team. It needs to return to winning ways soon or it will start to suffer even more significant damage.

It's now been almost 20 years since McLaren last won a Formula 1 constructors' championship. It's been 10 years since it last won an F1 title of any description. Five full seasons have passed since this mighty British team last won a grand prix. That's almost 100 races ago. Three seasons have gone by since one of its drivers legitimately stood on the podium

This is not the track record of a top team. In fact, for the past five years McLaren has been categorically mired in F1's midfield, consistently misfiring in attempts to recapture past glories. One season of underachievement can be considered a blip; two a bump in the road; but how much momentum does it take before this becomes a worrying pattern of decline?

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Series Formula 1
Teams McLaren Shop Now
Author Ben Anderson
Article type Analysis