Team CEO Zak Brown ruled McLaren out of a title challenge this season, saying that their target was being in one two years down the line.
McLaren have been on the rise ever since the calamitous Honda days. Good drivers, competent team members and a positive attitude have seen them in the thick of most of the action.
2021 was a great year for the team having won their first race in many years. The only low point was losing P3 in the Constructors’ Championship to Ferrari after leading them for much of the season.
With work still to be done, Brown ruled McLaren out of a 2022 title challenge, saying that they are looking at it in a later year.
“I’m really happy with our people which is what is first and foremost important,” the American said, as quoted by GP Fans.
“As everyone knows, we had our challenges (in 2020) financially and those have all been resolved and now we are deploying our maximum resources to catch up on the technical infrastructure under the budget cap.
“The wind tunnel is under heavy construction as we speak. We’ve lots of investment so we’re financially very healthy so that is all behind us. Then, on track, we just want to continue each year until we have our infrastructure in place which, unfortunately, really won’t be until the ’24 season.”
“It won’t be complete for another 18 months and of course, that is when you start developing the ’24 car and we will make the best with what we have, but it certainly won’t be until ’24 that we can say we have got everything we need,” he continued.
“We wanted to close the gap to the front and we have done that. We scored more points per race than we did (in 2020), we had more podiums than we did, we got our great one-two at Monza, we got our pole in Russia.
“Unfortunately, we’ve slipped to fourth. I think that’s just the nature of how the sport is.”