It's safe to say McLaren hasn't had the best couple years in F1. Its engine partnership with Honda has faced a number of technical setbacks, forcing McLaren out of championship contention. This is a shame because according to the team's racing director, McLaren's chassis is as good as the rest of the grid.
, McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said that the team would have had more success this season if it had a stronger engine.
"If we had the best engine this year, we would have won races," said Boullier. "We know, the GPS traces [of corner speeds] tell us."
Of course, Boullier isn't placing all the blame on Honda–he admits that chassis and engine improvements must be made together.
"Everything is connected," he said. "You can't make a car too draggy if you don't have enough power deployment because you lose time...You have to balance all the time. We work as one team with Honda to achieve what we want."
While the team didn't achieve any wins in 2016, McLaren did make progress over the 2015 season, when it only managed a ninth-out-of-10th place finish in the Constructor's Championship. This year, it finished sixth in the Constructor's Championship. Boullier doesn't offer any specific predictions for what's to come in 2017, but he concedes it may still take time to become a championship contender once again.
"The gap has closed, but to get where Mercedes is, you can't just copy and paste," he said. "You can't do it in three months or six months but in a few years."
So, McLaren fans may need to wait a few more years before the team achieves glory once again, but it seems to be on the right path.