Wednesday, 17 December 2014

McLaren-Honda hoping for Formula One dominance


McLaren Group Chairman Ron Dennis is hoping that the team’s renewed partnership with Honda will lead to the Woking based outfit dominating Formula One.

Following 19 years with Mercedes Benz power, the team become McLaren-Honda from the 2015 Formula One season. The new partnership brings with it a new driver as Fernando Alonso re-joins the team as Jenson Button’s team mate. The Spaniard returns following five seasons with Scuderia Ferrari.

Dennis said that what the two parties want is to return to what they had from 1988-1991 and what their rivals Mercedes AMG PETRONAS had in 2014.

From 1988 – 1991 the McLaren-Honda partnership enjoyed Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault dominance of Formula One as the team won every Constructor’s champion while Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost won the Driver’s championship four times between them.

The McLaren pair during that period finished one and two in the championship three times from 1988-1990. In 1991, Senna had been joined at the team by Gerherd Berger following Prost’s departure from the team after signing for Ferrari.

Dennis stated that the team went into the 2014 season looking to win races however, they failed to do this so to look for wins next season with Honda, is setting the team up for failure.

The team also have the most experienced driver pairing on the Formula One grid with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, who between them have won three world championships.


© Ben Johnston 2014

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