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McLaren's road to 2025 glory: A journey to Formula 1 prominence

McLaren's team principal, Andrea Stella, projects a timeline for the team's ascent to true contention: not until the 2025 Formula 1 season.

Stella, at the helm of McLaren's transformation from midfield obscurity to a formidable challenger, recognizes the intricacies of the sport's technical landscape.

In the recent past, McLaren's strides were evident, marked notably by the 2023 MCL60's resurgence with significant upgrades in Austria and Singapore. Yet, as the team enters the 2024 season, concerns persist. 

While boasting one of the grid's swiftest high-speed corner packages, McLaren grapple with long-standing vulnerabilities in slow-speed corners — a challenge acknowledged by drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri.

Despite ongoing efforts, including forthcoming upgrades early in the current season, Stella anticipates the team's complete metamorphosis to be a multi-year endeavour. 

Speaking to the media, Stella elucidates, "[The upgrades] will improve the weaknesses somewhat, but more work is needed... It will be at least another one-year journey to complete the exercise of resolving these balance issues."

For Stella, the journey extends beyond immediate results. It's about understanding the intricacies of development and fortifying McLaren's foundation for sustained success. "From an objectives point of view," Stella contemplates, "what do you have to chase to prevent these kinds of issues or weaknesses also in 2026?"

As the Australian Grand Prix looms, set to test drivers on the challenging Albert Park circuit, McLaren's journey continues. It's a blend of short-term gains and long-term investments, each lap propelling the team closer to the ultimate goal: Formula 1 supremacy in 2025 and beyond.

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