After three catastrophic seasons with Honda and a complicated year of transition with Renault, McLaren finally found its way back in 2019, a campaign at the end of which the Woking team won a promising fourth position in the constructors' classification. A podium in Brazil came to reward the regularity of the structure at the forefront of the middle of the peloton, even if it is obviously results fundamentally distant from the aspirations of McLaren, as a historic competitor and multititré of the queen discipline.
However, on the side of the current leaders, no question of being intoxicated by the relative success of 2019. On the contrary, we must continue on the traced path and not put the cart before the horse. "We must maintain the positive dynamic", explained Andreas Seidl, McLaren's main team, to Auto Motor und Sport. "We also want to take a step forward in 2020 – not in terms of position, I still expect a fierce fight for fourth place. This is the maximum possible currently in Formula 1 given the strength and budget of the moment."
"We still see enough weaknesses within the team that we have to work on. So we have to show that we are developing in these areas and that is exactly why it is important to have a good 2020 season. clear to me that a balancing act awaits us for the current year, from the moment when we completely switch to 2021. Logically, this will happen sooner than usual. "
"Cutting-edge teams always have more budget, more resources, more staff. And they also do a better job. After the new regulations start, it will take time for the capped budget to take effect. I expect consequently to be on the podium and to win in 2023. "
A view shared by McLaren CEO Zak Brown, who believes that the progress made last year should not be overstated. "We obviously had a huge progression from 2018 to 2019, but part of that came from the fact that we had been so bad in 2018 that it would have been difficult not to cross this milestone in 2019. So I do not expect not the same from 2019 to 2020. "
"In fact, what we need to do is just be more prepared, more fit for the race, to be one step ahead. The car of 2021 is already in the wind tunnel, that of 2020 seems very We just need to keep our focus and understand that nothing is going to happen overnight. We will have great weekends and we will have bad weekends. But just hope we keep going. "