McLAREN CAUTIOUS, HONDA OPTIMISTIC: McLaren believes it will only see good results after the first three races of 2015, partner Honda predicts immediate success. Image: AP / Miguel Morenatti
LONDON, England - Going extreme with the new MP4-30 was a "calculated risk", according to McLaren chief Ron Dennis.
Despite struggling to run with early trouble from new engine partner Honda the team's 2015 car has been hailed by management as the first 'size-zero' F1 car.
The nickname refers to the tight integration of the chassis with the compact Honda V6. Dennis credits pulling it off to the team's high-profile signing of Peter Prodromou, a former Adrian Newey deputy at Red Bull.
Dennis was quoted by Italy's Corriere dello Sport as saying: "In developing the MP4-30 we took a calculated risk but we know exactly what we have done and what we can achieve in the future.
"The layout of the car is extremely compact and first we have to deal with the consequences of that choice but we have obtained a very high level with this car and I have to thank Peter Prodromou for creating this masterpiece."
Less clear is how long it will take McLaren-Honda to iron out teething troubles and make the most of its new machine.
Spanish sports newspaper Marca quoted Honda president Takanobu Ito as saying the Japanese manufacturer was eyeing success "immediately".
Ito said: "We are proud of our engine and its technology and McLaren is a great team. By uniting our forces I hope we can get good results immediately."
Dennis, however, is urging at least some patience: "I think we will only fully understand the car after three races but we are all optimistic and believe we will be successful."