McLaren CEO Ron Dennis is making no predictions over when the British team will win a grand prix again as its victory drought extends into a fourth season.
McLaren last won a race back at the 2012 Brazilian Grand Prix, but has since endured a downturn in fortunes that saw it finish ninth in the 2015 constructors’ championship with just 27 points to its name.
Many of the issues in 2015 lay with the Honda power unit, but the Japanese manufacturer has worked hard over the winter to ensure that its 2016 offering can make McLaren more competitive.
Speaking following the launch of McLaren’s new MP4-31 car on Sunday, Dennis refused to put a time scale on when he expects the team to win again.
“As we embark on the second year of our renewed McLaren-Honda partnership, all of us remain united in our purpose. That purpose is to develop our team towards our shared ambition: to win,” Dennis said.
“We’ll make no predictions as to when those wins will come, but I can say without fear of contradiction that every member of our team has worked with truly relentless dedication over the past few months.
“The result is that MP4-31’s developmental trajectory has been usefully steepened over the winter, and I’m consequently very proud of our team’s efforts.”
Dennis remained adamant that McLaren can only be truly successful when enjoying works team status with a manufacturer such as Honda, who does not supply any other team in F1.
“We remain resolute in our commitment to our goals, and we maintain an indefatigable commitment to the winning potential of a full works team,” Dennis said.
“Believe me, the full works backing of a multinational automotive manufacturer is the only platform from which real success in modern Formula 1 can be achieved.
“As McLaren-Honda, therefore, we’ve vowed to work together, and to win together, and that determination has become further cemented as our relationship has deepened through the shared challenges we faced last year.”