August 21st, 2013 (GMM).- McLaren has conceded it will probably chalk up a rare and unwanted statistic in 2013.
Not often does the great British team go an entire season without winning a single race, but managing director Jonathan Neale thinks that is likely this year.
Jenson Button won commandingly from pole in Belgium a year ago, but the 2009 world champion admitted this week that he is not returning to Spa "with the package to win".
And Neale told reporters during a Vodafone teleconference on Wednesday that the MP4-28 will probably go to the other eight races this year with the same slim chances.
Asked if the 2013 car will win a race this season, he said: "I think that will be a real challenge if I'm honest."
Neale said development of the MP4-28 has stopped, unless something is found that could also benefit the 2014 programme.
"There's four months to the end of the year and a lot of work to be done to get ready for next year," he added.
"So I think, inevitably, there will start to be an increasing focus on 2014."
The decision of focusing on next year is probably wise and it should generate positive repercussions later on. Still, the team has improved its performance as of lately, a progress that might suffer now.