McLaren's crummy performance
McLaren ended the 2012 season with arguably the fastest car. Suddenly they come out of the gate with a complete redesign that barely makes it into the points in the first third of the season. Why? Well, with Hamilton gone, they have no fantasy about challenging for the championship in 2013 with Button and Perez. So they are using this entire year as development/test for their 2014 car because of the major shakeup in regulations coming.
With 2014 as the last year with the Mercedes engine, they also realize they are going to have to be very strong in that season and in 2015 with Honda or likely feel a financial pinch in sponsorships and prize money that could hurt them for a decade.
McLaren are going to need a strong driver to realize these ambitions next year. But who is on the market with that kind of talent?
Kimi's Silly Season Tapdance
What's really happening with Kimi is a three-way negotiation with Ferrari and McLaren that has been playing out over the past several months. The press is being used, as always, as a tool in this negotiation.
McLaren want Raikkonen. Ferrari want Button. Ferrari and Kimi are both floating stories that they are interested in making a deal as a bargaining position with McLaren.
Raikkonen will be wearing ORANGE in 2014, and McLaren will be challenging for the championship.
Maybe this is all just in my imagination. But if not... you heard it here first!
Edited by Silas Talbot, 08 September 2013 - 02:47 AM.