McLaren have managed only two podium finishes in the 2014 Formula One racing season. The first time was during the Australian Grand Prix, which was the season opener. The team claimed position two and three thanks to Kevin Manussen and Jenson Button. The second podium finish was in Sochi at the Russian Grand Prix. McLaren finished in fourth and fifth positions.
New developments at McLaren
Team officials state that McLaren has been busy working on a new engine development with Honda. That means from 2015 onwards, McLaren racing cars will be running on engines supplied by Honda. Already, McLaren is planning to test their interim car. It will ship the car to Abu Dhabi. It will not be in the race, which is the season-closing event this year. However, the team will use the Yas Marina circuit as a testing ground for the new car.
Return of Fernando Alonso
McLaren also announced that Fernando Alonso will be joining the team in 2015. Alonso had been with McLaren in the 2007 season before leaving for Ferrari. The team hopes Alonso will propel its new partnership with Honda to a Formula One victory. The team has had a disappointing season in 2014. Last year, 2013 was also not good for McLaren. The team hopes to regain its lost glory.
Senna and Prost – best exploits ever
One will remember the days of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Together, they helped McLaren win constructors and drivers’ titles four consecutive times. McLaren won these titles from 1998 to 1991. However, team officials are still tight-lipped on who will be sitting in the cockpits of the brand’s cars in 2015. Sources feel that the company is waiting until it gets a teammate for Fernando Alonso.
Button staring at a career end
McLaren look intent on retaining Kevin Magnussen. If they do, Jenson Button’s career that spans 15 years will have come to an end. Honda had a team in the Formula One. The Japanese automaker quit after five years. Its drivers did not win either the constructors’ or drivers’ titles. In 2008, Honda bowed out of F1 after another unsuccessful season. FIA has introduced new regulations to enhance fuel efficiency. Perhaps this is what has drawn Honda back into action.
Overpowering mighty Mercedes
Mercedes, with its turbo hybrid V6 engine, has been the dominant team in 2014. It appears Honda is nearing its completion of a similar type of engine. However, the company will have to enhance the engine further if at all it hopes to maintain a competitive edge in 2015. Mercedes are a step ahead. Even with the new FIA rules, Mercedes is said to have an engine that has speed advantage of one second per lap over its closest rivals.
The 2015 season looks poised for a rivalry like no other. The Australia Grand Prix in March 2015 will be the curtain raiser. The Monaco Grand Prix will be the sixth race that will take place in May. After Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2015, teams and drivers will take a well-deserved break.