The McLaren-Honda partnership is synonymous with success in Formula 1, having produced 4 constructors’ titles and 45 race wins. However the renewed relationship has got off to a nervy start in 2015, and signs of tension are already starting to show following Ron Dennis’ comments after qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.
‘A long way behind’
Speaking to Sky Sports F1, Dennis provided a less than reassuring insight for McLaren fans and sponsors, firmly laying the blame for qualifying on the back row of grid at the feet of their engine partners, while avoiding answering most questions fully.
Dennis commented: “We are going to be clearly, heavily criticised through the opening part of the season but we know what it takes to win and we have every belief in Honda’s ability to produce a race winning engine… If there are any comments to be made on the engine then it’s for Honda to make them”.
The interview made for awkward viewing and perhaps McLaren and Honda would have been better represented and protected both of their brands by preparing for such enquiries, as Dennis looked rather blindsided and shell-shocked.
Watch the full interview below.