Giving McLaren A Mercedes Power Unit Could Turn Them Into A Juggernaut

If past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior, then it’s quite possible that a familiar face will rekindle its F1 rivalry with the likes of Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari sometime in the next decade.

McLaren will once again use Mercedes power in their Formula 1 cars starting with 2021 and while the German outfit’s boss, Toto Wolff, feels as though the advantages outweigh the risks, we’re not entirely sure that’s true, at least not according to the numbers.

“A new era is going to start in 2021 with compressed grids, with more competition, and we believe that from a PU side there is more learning for us in this exercise, with more competitive customers,” said Wolff.

“And we rate McLaren strongly. The steps that Zak [Brown, McLaren CEO] and Andreas [Seidl, team principal] have initiated certainly look very promising. The advantages outweigh the potential deficits of fighting a hard competitor like McLaren in the future.”

What Mercedes surely realize is that unlike any of their current customer teams, McLaren knows how to win and their track record with Mercedes power is extremely impressive, to say the least.

In fact, here’s a quick comparison between Mercedes and McLaren-Mercedes courtesy of Autosport. These stats cover a period of four years (2010 until 2014), before McLaren switched to Honda as their engine supplier.

Wins: Mercedes (20) – McLaren (18)
Podiums: Mercedes (46) – McLaren (49)
Poles: Mercedes (27) – McLaren (10)
Driver titles: Mercedes (1) – McLaren (0)
Constructors’ titles: Mercedes (1) – McLaren (0)
Total points: Mercedes (1,582) – McLaren (1,632)

Care to guess how many wins, podiums and poles McLaren have amassed since 2015? The answer is ZERO.

Also read: McLaren Never Considered Ferrari F1 Engines, Nor Building Their Own

So while Seidl feels as though his team won’t be able to challenge Mercedes right off the bat in 2021, the history between these two teams suggests that when on equal footing, McLaren is more than capable of keeping Mercedes honest.

So how soon do you figure McLaren will be able to mount a title challenge again?

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  • Kapi19

    I hope others could challenge top 3 as well, its boring to have always the same cars in podium.

  • Nathan Ryan

    Turn McLaren into a Juggernaut? They haven’t even won a constructors title since 1998. Maybe they’ll continue to improve, but predicting they’ll be beating Mercedes is a leap.

  • TheHunnn

    I would say the author here is discounting Williams’ ability to win in the past too. In fact, they have more podiums, more wins and more championships than Mercedes. They have been off the pace for some time, but the history and potential is there.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    This article is so dumb

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