Sebastien Vettel has as good as strode to four consecutive world titles with Red Bull, whilst McLaren have seen a return of Ron Dennis to the helm of a ship that is not only sinking, but has fundamental holes that saw a shocking 2013 season creep to a disappointing end for Jenson Button and co.
With his renowned eye for detail, Dennis will be looking to rebuild at McLaren after last season that all-too-often saw Button fail to reach Qualifying 3, where the team only managed to reach a miserable 37 points throughout, as mechanical and driver failure saw retirements for both Jenson Button and Sergio Perez.
The question will remain over their choice of Perez. After losing Lewis Hamilton (the last man to win a World Championship for McLaren) to Mercedes, the Mexican who looked consistently out of his depth at McLaren and was a depressing step down from the loss of Hamilton (who was questioned for his decision to leave for Mercedes).
Hamilton may have come through at McLaren but they were unable to retain his services as the car has struggled in recent years to keep pace with Red Bull, whilst Button greatly blamed the car’s lack of speed for his near-embarrassing results throughout 2013.
The decline of McLaren has been a clear contributing factor to the loss of interest in F1, even from the more hardened fans, with Vettel’s dominance becoming more repetitive as other teams struggle to push the Red Bull enough, with even Jake Humphrey (former BBC F1 presenter) grumbling about the sport’s predicament(including bribery claims against Bernie Ecclestone).
If Ron Dennis can return McLaren to a car that will at least be in with a shout of podium positions, they can begin to reintroduce a greater level of competitiveness and make Hamilton’s move to Mercedes look less sensible.
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