McLaren will topple Mercedes

I’m all for optimism. Especially when it comes to McLaren and setting goals. The next goal? World champions.

Team boss Ron Dennis has always been optimistic about his team and so he should be but he feels that McLaren, not Ferrari, will be the team to un-seat Mercedes at the top of Formula 1’s heap. Ron told BBC:

“I honestly believe that the next world champions after Mercedes will be McLaren,” Dennis told the BBC. “We’ll get to that goal before other people.

“It is challenging but I have a firm belief in the technical competence of our people and a firm belief in Honda.”

The pixie dust in this from rags-to-riches story? The 2017 regulation changes:

“The 2017 regulations level the playing field and it is enough time for us to catch up with Honda, so I think we’ll have a good chance next year,”

Fair enough, now we know why McLaren were lobbying so hard for the changes. It’s the time Ron feels will allow his team and Honda to catch up. Surely Ferrari feel the same? We’ll see, Ron, we’ll see.

Perhaps no love lost between Merc and McLaren as Ron had the rug pulled out from underneath him with Mercedes moving to Brawn GP and away from the venerable Woking-based team back in 2009. Ron would probably like to beat Mercedes at their own game.

Hat Tip: BBC via Reuters

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“I honestly believe that the next world champions after Mercedes will be McLaren,”

So the bad news for fans of variety I guess is that apparently Mercedes are going to be the world champions forever. :(

Tim C.

I think we have a candidate for this weeks bravado award!


The saddest aspect of this is that Ron probably believes his own words. He’d be less detached if he was jumping from the ISS. The only constructors’ championship they won during the last 24 years was 18 years ago, and their current form is worse than it was in any of the past 24 years.

I guess in Woking his internal nickname is “Chamberlain”.


To be fair, they’ve been 1st, 2nd or 3rd 15 times in that 24 year span. And until the Honda engine, they’d never been lower than 5th in that time.

That’s still pretty good.


Yay! F1 champions 2028.


It’s funny what a regulations change can do to a championship. Honda was nowhere in 2008. Ok, they were somewhere, the back of the grid. You always knee where to find the Hondas. All of a sudden, 2009 comes with some poorly written rules and Brawn crushes everyone. If you don’t believe you can, then you create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Paul KieferJr

World champions, Ron? Oh, really? You’re lucky enough to come up to mid-pack and already you think you’re a god? Seriously? God doesn’t like hubris, Ron. Make sure you’re standing real close to a lightning rod. :P

charlie white

On the McLaren best chassis article, I had nominated Eric Boullier for the Bravado Award. Only Eric could be topped by his boss. I would love to know what Ron knows and the future still includes Honda. Does the 2017 regulations include a time machine?


I don’t believe Ron said this. It it was Ron, it would have been “I am firmly convinced in my outlook that Mclaren and Honda, with our undying and perspicacious commitment to an insatiable and relentless pursuit of excellence, will navigate the pathway to inevitable success and ultimate victory over our illustrious rivals in 2017.”


Thanks for translating longshot, that eliminates the obfuscation of Ron’s temporally forthcoming prognostications resulting from the absence of mellifluous verbage.