McLaren F1 team painful to watch in 2015 - Mika Hakkinen

Mika Hakkinen admits it has been "painful" to watch his former team McLaren struggle for performance and reliability in Formula 1 during 2015

McLaren F1 team painful to watch in 2015 - Mika Hakkinen

McLaren suffered 12 retirements and scored just 27 points as it finished ninth in the constructors' championship ahead of only Manor after embarking on a new partnership with Honda.

Hakkinen, who won the 1998 and 1999 world titles with McLaren, conceded it is a difficult time for McLaren, but he is confident the team will learn from the experience.

"Of course it's painful to watch them because everyone is talking about the failure," said Hakkinen. "It's physiologically demanding.

"If McLaren had a bad season this year, I don't see that as the end of the world.

"It's a big team and there are some great people working there.

"I'm sure with the right positive mentality and thinking, they will get over the problems and they will come back to being successful.

"This is not the end of McLaren. This is the start of McLaren.

"It's a new relationship they have with a new engine manufacturer.

"This is a like a test to see how they can go over the problems together and face the challenges in the future.

"When you learn new things, you make mistakes and those mistakes make you wiser and you can be better."

Hakkinen thinks McLaren's success in the past and its approach to racing will help it turnaround its fortunes.

"When I was racing there, they analysed every details very carefully and that is what makes them great," he said.

"I'm sure with the drivers they have and the experience the team has, they know how to get there.

"When I was there, it took years analysing yourself, working with your team, understanding where are the problems are and how we can win, how we can be better, where we can be better.

"But when the victory arrived we were calm and collected, we had more confidence, we believed in ourselves more than ever."

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