McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says his team’s struggles this year show how easily Red Bull’s dominance of Formula One could come to an end.
Whitmarsh told Autosport it was “foreseeable” Red Bull could remain the team to beat next year, “because they have done a good job”.
“But at the same time, sadly I can give the McLaren example of this year,” he said.
“We didn’t decimate the opposition but we were dominant in the last few races of last year, and we certainly weren’t this year. Maybe though, they are cleverer than us.”
McLaren won the final two races of last year and were on course for victory in Abu Dhabi when Lewis Hamilton’s car broke down.
But this season has been one of the worst in the team’s history as they failed to claim a place on the podium all year long, something they last failed to do in 1980.
Red Bull ended the 2014 season with nine consecutive victories. Sebastian Vettel won his fourth consecutive drivers’ title and the team wrapped on their fourth constructors’ championship in a row three races before the end of the season.
While Red Bull used a car which was closely based on their 2012 machine this year, McLaren were more aggressive with their 2013 chassis, but struggled with it from the beginning of the season.