This is a big season for McLaren-Honda. Two years into the troubled return of this famous Formula 1 alliance, it is high time it started consistently delivering the performance and results to suggest it can carry the fight to the championship's established big guns.
Honda has now spent two full seasons learning the intricacies of F1's mightily complex V6 hybrid turbo engine formula on track. It has not been an easy education. Its engines have lacked power, efficiency, reliability. But, they have been gradually improving.
As has McLaren. This proud winning team lost its way badly in 2013, and has been struggling to recover since. But again, there have been signs of improvement - infrastructural change, different working methods for conceiving and developing its cars, a feeling things are generally moving in a positive direction.