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McLaren dismisses notion of challenging front-runners in 2021

McLaren says it must be realistic with its ambitions for 2021, when it re-aligns itself with Mercedes, cautioning that it still faces a substantial gap to the front-runners. McLaren has not won a race since 2012 while its most recent podium came in the season-opening round of 2014, which marked the start of the hybrid era. Having slumped to ninth in 2015 and 2017 – when it was powered by Honda – and taken a dispiriting sixth last year, having expected more from its first year with Renault, it has made gains in 2019. New recruit Carlos Sainz Jr. and rookie Lando Norris have ensured McLaren has surpassed the 100-point barrier for the first time since 2014, while it is poised to...
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