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#201 sladealonso

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Posted Yesterday, 17:25

So guys, what are your expectations for this season, what would you say would be a good season for McLaren?



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#202 FordFiesta

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Posted Yesterday, 18:16

Becoming fourth.

Wow, unimaginable to say that about McLaren 10 or 15 years ago.

#203 SpaceHorseParty

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Posted Yesterday, 18:38

A good season would be one where McLaren are arguably the best of the rest (like Renault, Haas, and perhaps Force India last season). Similar level to their early 2018 performance, but sustained throughout the year.

 

However, I expect McLaren to be a step below that level. With all the staff changes and a relatively weak driver lineup, this already seems like (another) transition year – hopefully, we will finally see some progress in 2020.



#204 ERICTOPF1

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Posted Yesterday, 18:59

True fifth would be awesome. True sixth will be realistic



#205 Beri

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Posted Yesterday, 19:13

No, I mean Sprite.
Fanta is also not a fit with F1, is too much targetted to kids.

And now for some sacrilege... Couldn't find a picture of a Mclaren wearing a Sprite livery.

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Keep floating your own wishes doesn't mean you would be right in a common sense.
Coca Cola doesn't market Sprite in a large market . Sprites marketing and it's market strategy are done locally/regionally. That's why there is a fair share of Europe that is being fed with their low-calorie-sweetened-by-stevia regular Sprite. My piss tastes better.
If anything, Coca Cola would use their main brand. The brand that is familiar with anyone in any country on the globe. The brand that is seen at the World Cup of Football and the Olympic Games. Coca Cola will not use Sprite for marketing in F1 at Working should they sign a deal. That's what I want to bet a tenner at.

#206 TheMessiah

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Posted Yesterday, 19:34

So guys, what are your expectations for this season, what would you say would be a good season for McLaren?

 

4th.



#207 Quickshifter

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Posted Yesterday, 19:44

Expectation:- A much better car which will be developed through the season. If they manage that then they will be in fight for the best of the rest

#208 sladealonso

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Posted Yesterday, 21:25

I think it's about time McLaren step up. Hopefully a season near the sharpenend of the midpack. However, as SpaceHorsePartu said, I think McLaren will be a step being a Sauber/Haas/Racing Point group. I'm expecting 8th sadly. Hoping to be surprised. Supporting Sainz now that Alonso has gone is refreshing regardless.

#209 Beri

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Posted Today, 00:27

Expectation:- A much better car which will be developed through the season. If they manage that then they will be in fight for the best of the rest


Soooo.. same as last year?

#210 mclarensmps

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Posted Today, 01:07

My expectation is that the car legitimately improves relative to the competition over the course of the season. 

It doesn't happen overnight, but I think if we see the above, then we will have a good indication that the new structure is beginning to work. 

It's a resigned outlook, yes, but I want to see a start to recovery, because last season wasn't it. 



#211 HP

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Posted Today, 01:07

So guys, what are your expectations for this season, what would you say would be a good season for McLaren?

Hard to say. The car should be better. The driver setup initially seems weaker, but we'll have to wait see. Overall somewhere between 4th to 6th.



#212 kumo7

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Posted Today, 03:49

4th.



#213 baddog

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Posted Today, 04:13

Same as should have been last year. 4th and closing on 3rd or it is a failure. Mac are too big and too established to do worse than that and not consider it a fail.



#214 Raikkinen

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Posted Today, 05:03

Personally I stepped of the idea that McLaren is too big and too established to finish below any certain level.
McLaren, after Ron Dennis and after the failed coöperation with Honda (not saying that's Honda's fault!), is a team in chaos.
I hope that 2018 was the eye-opener that was needed. I don't expect miracles for 2019, but I am hopeful that during the season we can see the effect of the new team structure and that the new people turn out to be the right persons in the right places. If they can be consistantly top 5 with visible progress towards top 4 -3 throughout the year, I would say they went in a good direction. 2020 should be the year all the new puppets show their benefits in development of the car.
Too bad they missed out on Ricciardo this time, but hopefully Lando is indeed the bright new star that he is counted for. Sainz I see as a stop-gap solution who should be able to get some points in the basket while keeping his nose clean.
According to Ricciardo's recent interview, if the car in 2 years shows decent improvement, he will be very happy to join ship. He would imo a great leading driver, or a great equal partner to a by then hopefully proven quality as Lando.
For now it looks like McLaren is serious investing in the right people to get the car and company structure in order.
So while I don't expect much magic in 2019, I am hopeful for the longer term.

Edited by Raikkinen, Today, 05:07.


#215 Pumpkinz

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Posted Today, 06:13

So guys, what are your expectations for this season, what would you say would be a good season for McLaren?

 

Progress in every Area. 



#216 loki0420

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Posted Today, 06:15

Last time we had two new drivers we unexpectedly did rather well i’d say. Hope history will repeat itself in that aspect, not the crap we got afterwards.

#217 Quickshifter

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Posted Today, 06:21

Soooo.. same as last year?

Last year's car was not upgradeable because of the fundamental flaw. Last year's car also was rushed in and had many compromises and blind gambles which did not pay off. Those are the type of mistakes they are looking to avoid for 2019.

2019 will be the first year of the recovery plan Mclaren have in place. MCL35 in 2020 will be the first car under James Key. 2021 budget cap kicks in and the year where Mclaren can start aiming for podiums.

Edited by Quickshifter, Today, 06:52.


#218 Oblivion

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Posted Today, 07:38

My best expectations is to see the McLaren as a third best team given the possible RB setback with Honda. But I would be happy if they end up in fourth place.



#219 f1rules

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Posted Today, 07:44

preferably 4th best all year with clear progress, but can be we have to accept 5 or 6 best team at the beginning, not least looking at our drivers, but with quickshifters arguments in mind, about a rushed car with bad pu integration, fundamentally flawed and with bad concept decisions, there should be room for considerable progress from the beginning, if they learned from their mistakes like they said, so im still hoping for 4th


Edited by f1rules, Today, 07:46.


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#220 Beri

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Posted Today, 08:11

4th would be too much in my book. I think McLaren could be pleased with itself with P6 at the end of the season. Anything better would be a bonus.


Edited by Beri, Today, 08:12.


#221 taran

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Posted Today, 08:56

I guess it all depends on how good or bad the 2015-2017 McLaren really were.

We all expected McLaren to be around 4th in the championship, perhaps challenging 3rd place Red Bull late in the season in 2018. McLaren certainly saw it that way.

 

If the 2018 McLaren was indeed a one-off dud as sometimes happens, McLaren should be 3rd, 4th or 5th based on size/budget and the Renault engine.

 

If however McLaren really lost the plot in those years, they indeed face a couple of years of rebuilding.



#222 Requiem84

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Posted Today, 09:00

How much longer can Mclaren sustain low performance seasons?

The whole infrastructure and headcount is setup for top 3-4 performance and related income.

At some point Mclaren will have to downsize, divest and possibly go for 1 paydriver.

2 more seasons before this Williams route comes into sight?

#223 Beri

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Posted Today, 09:12

Williams route didnt have rich Bahraini's pulling strings and pouring money in the bank in its darkest years.

#224 Pumpkinz

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Posted Today, 09:13

Also Liberty is still pushing for a Budget Cap from 2021 onwards.



#225 purpleturtle

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Posted Today, 09:17

Number of jobs advertised on McLaren.com:
-Racing 47
-Automotive 238
-Applied Technologies 33
-Marketing 5
-Group 12
=Total 335

Number of jobs advertised on WilliamsF1.com
-Racing 18
-Advanced Technolgies 17
=Total 35

Edited by purpleturtle, Today, 09:18.


#226 Owen

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Posted Today, 09:17

4th or 5th in constructors would represent (for me) a successful turnaround from recent troubles.

Any better probably requires other teams misfortune and is unrealistic.

6th might feel a bit flat.

Any lower than 6th would be highly disappointing.



#227 Traction

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Posted Today, 09:22

My best expectations is to see the McLaren as a third best team given the possible RB setback with Honda. But I would be happy if they end up in fourth place.

 

I'll second that.

 

Let's hope they deliver the performance in the chassis we all thought they were going to deliver last year.



#228 Traction

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Posted Today, 09:24

4th or 5th in constructors would represent (for me) a successful turnaround from recent troubles.

Any better probably requires other teams misfortune and is unrealistic.

6th might feel a bit flat.

Any lower than 6th would be highly disappointing.

 

that depends on your confidence in Honda to deliver performance and reliability



#229 Owen

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Posted Today, 09:47

that depends on your confidence in Honda to deliver performance and reliability

Depends on a whole heap of unknown variables, not just Honda. What about Renault?



#230 Beri

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Posted Today, 10:03

What about Sauber? What about Haas? What about Williams?

Variables that can not excluded by a team like McLaren when you take into account the chassis was not award winning in any kind the last seasons. It would take serious effort to secure P4. And I cant see McLaren doing this any time soon.

#231 Hamm

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Posted Today, 10:31

Last year’s livery harked back to the team’s roots, drawing its inspiration directly from the team’s iconic papaya orange colour scheme which McLaren first raced in Formula 1 in 1968. A nod to the past, with a focus firmly on the future. It was brave, and a hit with fans who had clamoured for its return. This year’s livery will once again deliver in those terms, building on the equity of the brand colours which have been synonymous with success across Formula 1, Indy 500 and the Can-Am series.
https://www.mclaren....-mcl34-1173956/

#232 Oblivion

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Last year’s livery harked back to the team’s roots, drawing its inspiration directly from the team’s iconic papaya orange colour scheme which McLaren first raced in Formula 1 in 1968. A nod to the past, with a focus firmly on the future. It was brave, and a hit with fans who had clamoured for its return. This year’s livery will once again deliver in those terms, building on the equity of the brand colours which have been synonymous with success across Formula 1, Indy 500 and the Can-Am series.
https://www.mclaren....-mcl34-1173956/

 

Ron Dennis returned to McLaren as a writer? I'm not a native English speaker so did I get it correctly that livery won't change?



#233 Beri

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Posted Today, 10:57

Ron Dennis returned to McLaren as a writer? I'm not a native English speaker so did I get it correctly that livery won't change?


Me no speaky English natively too. But that is what it suggests in my book, yes.

#234 Owen

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Posted Today, 11:36

Suggests evolution of last years Papaya livery. Suggests bold and colourful team wear. Yikes.



#235 Beri

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Posted Today, 11:59

Suggests evolution of last years Papaya livery. Suggests bold and colourful team wear. Yikes.


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#236 Pumpkinz

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Posted Today, 12:22

Suggests evolution of last years Papaya livery. Suggests bold and colourful team wear. Yikes.

 

So more orange and blue? 2018 Teamwear was 95 % black or White. That shouldn't be too bad.



#237 V8 Fireworks

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Suggests evolution of last years Papaya livery. Suggests bold and colourful team wear. Yikes.

 

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Livery will feature inspiration from Alonso Abu Dhabi car one presumes, though just keeping the '18 livery would be fine and more Ron-like.

 

Multi-coloured accents could be tailored for various sponsors -- in the style of Benetton or Williams -- and may look rather smart indeed.  :)

 

FOR-WEBSITE-Fernando-alonso-best-of-2018


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#238 SarbaV

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People are having too much expectations. I would just be happy if they manage to be not past by William.
They just stopped all development in the middle of last year, some are saying it's because they were working for this year car but I think it was because they had to save money and had no direction for development.

#239 RA2

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McLaren will be winning world championships in papaya as they did in the past.....

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#240 kumo7

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Posted Today, 13:08

:lol:

 

 

Oh wait, McLaren has said the car 2019 is a good one....



#241 pup

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Posted Today, 14:02

I think the car will be better, but I worry that the loss of Alonso will hide that performance.



#242 revmeister

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Posted Today, 14:31

Expectations are the motherhood of disappointment. Given the variables of changing personnel, drivers, the change in the aero regs, and what the competition might bring, makes it pretty much impossible to predict the results. Which means we have the conditions needed to enjoy an interesting season. Bring it on!

I do know that I'm going to miss Alonso's blinding starts, radio comments, and displays of greatness.

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#243 kosmos

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Posted Today, 16:11

5th or 6th at the start of the season, 4th at the end.



#244 MirNyet

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I'd say solidly into Q3.  If they can turn their qualifying around, then points and championship positions will turn around as well.  If they're still struggling to get into Q3, then it's going to be more of the same as the previous couple of seasons.



#245 Beri

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Posted Today, 17:04

5th or 6th at the start of the season, 4th at the end.


Nothing has showed, during the recent seasons, that McLaren developed their car in a better fashion than the competition over the course of the season.

#246 RainyAfterlifeDaylight

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I expect a much better car from McLaren but IMO It would be a very difficult task to come up with a better livery than what McLaren had in 2018.