This surely cannot be allowed to go on much longer. McLaren is meant to be a top Formula 1 team, a perpetual championship challenger, a winning force - not a mediocre midfielder operating on a big team's budget.
For an outfit that is statistically ranked the second most successful in F1's history, behind only Enzo Ferrari's great Maranello empire, McLaren's recent record is utterly abysmal.
Its current winless run stretches back four straight seasons and 78 races. That is worse than its post-Ayrton Senna malaise of 1994-96, and comfortably outstrips the barren spell of 1978-1981 (53 races) that marked McLaren's pre-Ron Dennis nadir.