It’s fair to say that the new era of McLaren Honda hasn’t got off to the best start, in fact it couldn’t really have gotten any worse, with Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button starting on the back row for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix.
Even worse is the fact that they’re a full 6 seconds off Mercedes’ pace, meaning they’re going to get lapped multiple times, if they even finish the race with their reliability woes.
All over Twitter people have been coming up with facts and stats that will make for grim reading for McLaren fans.
Virgin Racing’s Timo Glock was 5.6s off the pace in the team’s debut in 2010.
McLaren’s Jenson Button was 5.01s off Mercedes pace today.
— Craig Norman (@CraigNormanF1) March 14, 2015
— F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) March 14, 2015
The FIA was going to summon McLaren for not taking part in qualifying too. Then they checked the times.
— Pablo Elizalde (@EliGP) March 14, 2015
If McLaren are 6 secs behind Mercedes they’ll be lapped every 15 laps, so may get lapped 4 times tomorrow, if they make it that far… #F1
— Damien Cross (@DC_F1) March 14, 2015
Think we solved Alonso mystery. “How’d Jenson qualify? Oh, my head hurts, world is spinning, who am I?! I should probably stay on the beach”
— James Hinchcliffe (@Hinchtown) March 14, 2015
Good luck, McLaren!