The situation McLaren find themselves in has a direct parallel in Ferraris 2012 season. A car that is not the best is not necessarily a deal breaker if you have a WDC driver. Alonso racked up the points even when the car was qualifying out of position and was unpredictable. He also showed a faith and confidence that seemed misplaced but galvanised the team.
The cars race pace is not really that bad and is improving. The better driver of the two should really be beating the number 2s of the top teams regularly and snatching podiums regularly
The team just cannot have fallen from winning the last races of 2012 to scrapping for points just like that when they have those resources and a WDC driver
Ferrari wasn't bad in the race, especially in the wet where it was one of the quickest. Fa capitalised on opportunities. I don't think that mac are that bad in the race but there have to be questions about button if for the simple reason that he's shown in the past an inability to extract everything from the car. He described the 2012 car as the worst mclaren he's driven when lh would've been challenging for the wdc had it not been for team/ car screw ups. This season no one can say for certain if jb is extracting the most from the car, it's impossible to say. There are clearly problems with it tho and is the fifth best car at the moment so people should probably give jb the benefit of the doubt, at least until his team mate starts beating him regularly. The car looks like it has a lot of problems and I doubt there is going to be a silver bullet in all senses come Barcelona. This'll be another season where mac aren't challenging for the championships, but may pick up a race win or two...