Saturday, July 26, 2014

1 Racing Mind 2014 Formula 1 Mid-Season Report: McLaren Mercedes

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McLaren Mercedes

Team Score: C-
Jenson Button: C+
Kevin Magnussen: B

After a less than stellar outing in 2013, McLaren is experiencing a 2014 season where front-running performance continues to elude the storied British organization. The team is currently trailing Force India in the overall constructors' points resting in sixth place. Propelled by Mercedes-Benz power, McLaren is running out the clock on an engine partnership that dated back to the 1995 season. The race team is presently working with Honda in constructing a race-contending powerplant set to debut for the 2015 Formula 1 season.

Possibility focused more on 2015, the McLaren-Mercedes race cars driven by Jenson Button and rookie Kevin Magnussen has able to make the most of some 2014 Formula 1 events. The performance of team's rookie wheelman Magnussen (son of formula Formula 1 pilot and successful sports car racer Jan Magnussen) demonstrated the talent of a young but mature driver. As for the veteran Jenson Button, started the season with a podium finish in Australia following the disqualification of Daniel Ricciardo's car. However, since the Australian Grand Prix, the Brit has been enduring a fairly quiet 2014 season. Jenson Button remains a consist driver who has finished all but five laps so far this season. Button entered his 250th grand prix race in Malaysia (propelling himself into third place all-time for most Formula 1 starts).

Ingredients for Second-Half of 2014: Having said it before, McLaren's focus is likely further down the road than the final nine races of this season. However, the team must remain an honest Formula 1 podium contender if they want to insure their 2015 Honda engine unit will launch out of the gate quickly. At least one additional podium result by Kevin Magnussen or Jenson Button should provide a sense of meaningful accomplishment for McLaren.

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