After the frustrations of its Honda years, and the turmoil of last year, McLaren has emerged from the shadows as one of the surprises of the 2019 Formula 1 season.
It is currently sitting pretty as the 'best of the rest' outfit behind the big three. It has banished much of the negativity that surrounded it over recent years and now has an aura of a team that is going places. It even seems to be having a laugh and enjoying itself along the way.
Central to that leap forward has been having a better car. The flaws of last year's MCL33 proved incurable during the campaign, which led to the pain of McLaren drifting down the order to end up with only the ninth-quickest car by the end of 2018.