Why McLaren has cause for optimism despite tough Formula E baptism
McLaren’s debut season in Formula E was not successful, finishing eighth in the teams’ championship and securing only one podium finish in 16 races. Despite acquiring the successful Mercedes outfit, McLaren struggled to replicate their previous success due to the challenges of adapting to the new Gen3 machine, being a customer team, and having a new driver lineup. The team started strong with rookie Jake Hughes challenging at the front in Mexico City and Rene Rast achieving a fifth and third place finish. However, as the season progressed, McLaren’s performance declined. The team had measured expectations, but their operational excellence helped them start strong.