Well here we were all talking about McLaren’s increased performance but the struggles they still face being down on Renault and Red Bull Racing. We wondered if the team could develop the chassis over the season to be a contender against the teams with like-minded engines. We were concerned and some were frightened and afraid.
Little did we now that this isn’t even the dang 2018 car!!! Thanks for letting us in on the secret, McLaren. Good grief, we got all worked up over a 2017-2018 hybrid chassis when you’ve been holding back the Ace of spades card all along.
“The 2018 car is coming to Barcelona, and obviously we hope that’s the car we expect it to be,” Eric Boullier told Autosport.
“The car we have now, is as per plan, it’s not that we missed the targets with it.
“But we missed the schedule targets with it, which means the car we’ll have in Barcelona should have been in Australia.
“So we are running actually with an evolution of last year, and not the new car. And this car hopefully will be the one that we expect.”
Now this is good if you feel the team were really struggling and looked to be doomed to finish the season behind Renault and Red Bull. However, it could be bad if the “new car” comes out and is even slower or doesn’t immediately take the fight to Red Bull. Important to set the right expectations up front I suggest.
On the flip side, there are probably a host of reasons they are being schedule and least of these is the new Renault engine. These cars are designed around the engines and I wonder if the late switch to Renault meant they were behind the eight ball on the chassis design. Just a hunch.
Hat Tip: Autosport