If there was a single trait that McLaren has to single out as the culprit for its woeful 2013 Formula 1 campaign, it would have to be ambition.
Having been a genuine title contender in 2012, and ended that season with the fastest car, it had spent the subsequent winter comfortable with a decision to go radical with its new design.
It was fearful that it had reached a development ceiling with the MP4-27, and that a simple evolution for 2013 would leave it exposed to falling behind as rivals inevitably made progress with their own machinery. So it decided to be bold.
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