McLaren are currently fourth on the Constructor Standings.
They are trailing the big three on the grid, so to speak, including Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull. So far, McLaren have collected only 18 points and are around 46 points shy of third-placed Red Bull that are seeing Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly on a roll.
In that sense, McLaren are the best of the midfielders, a closely competitive group that comprises Alfa Romeo, Renault, and Haas.
Yet, does one expect a McLaren to stand on the podium this season? In fact, how well will the Zak Brown-led outfit finish in 2019, one wonders? What’s going to happen?
With a slew of questions amid some glimmer of hope- given that in guys like Lando Norris, they have some really sharp talent- there seems to be a bit of uncertainty regarding the team that had the services of Fernando Alonso in 2018. Interestingly, at around this time last year, McLaren saw Alonso score some valuable points in all four races at the start of the season.
His form included a hat-trick of P7s as gathered at Bahrain, China, and Azerbaijan. On the other hand, the only points that Alonso’s great protege, Carlos Sainz Jr.has scored from the four races thus far were at Baku, after two DNFs and a P14.
But all that said, McLaren boss Zak Brown feels the team are on their path to recovery. So would you agree with his views?
Here’s what Mr. Brown quoted in the context of McLaren’s overall recovery:
I think the team’s done an excellent job over the winter, and that’s everybody. Clearly, we’ve built a better race car this year, the drivers are doing an excellent job, we’re pleased with the driver line-up.
So it feels like we’re starting the journey to recovery. Last year we were talking more about the start of the road to recovery but by the end of the year [it] felt like we’re less competitive than the start of the year, where now it feels like we’ve started in a more competitive situation. It’s nice to kind of rebound from China qualifying to have a strong qualifying [in Azerbaijan].