McLaren CEO Ron Dennis believes that his team’s driver line-up of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button is the best in Formula 1.
McLaren endured a miserable year in 2015 due to a number of issues with its new Honda power unit, limiting Alonso and Button to just 27 points in total that resigned the team to P10 in the constructors’ championship.
Few could question the commitment of either Alonso or Button though, as both battled on throughout the season to try and salvage something from a difficult year.
Speaking to the official F1 website, Dennis cited the power unit as being the biggest weakness in the team while praising both the chassis and the driver line-up.
“Our chassis is a very good one, all the data bears that out,” Dennis said.
“Our driver line-up is the best in the sport – the stats prove that.
“Our partnership with Honda is a new one, or a freshly renewed one to be precise, and it’s not remotely surprising that it should be taking a little while to gel.
“That’s what Formula 1 is like, and it always has been.”
Button and Alonso are unquestionably two of the most successful drivers on the grid, having won three world titles between them and some 47 races between them.
However, their combined success is in fact inferior to that of Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, who have won 57 races and three world titles.
Statistically though, the most successful line-up in F1 belongs to Ferrari, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen sharing five world championships and 62 grand prix victories.
Button and Alonso do boast more starts than any other drivers on the grid, though. Button sits third in the all-time starts list on 284 races, and will pass the 300 mark in 2016, while Alonso is three places further back on 252 starts.