McLaren had a average year in 2013 and an awful one in 2014, and remarkably 2015 was even worse.
The season yielded the teams worst season in their 50 year history which was mainly down to their woeful power unit.
The season was meant to be one of success, years of steady decline with a move to rekindle their former glory days by returning Honda.
The Honda power unit has been disastrous, there is little doubt about that.
At the start of the season, the team and various pundits all expected McLaren to bounce back by the second half of the season, if anything things at times got worse or stayed the same.
The Honda PU massively lacked horsepower and whenever things looked hopeful it just gave up the ghost all together.
The team had ten technical retirements across the season which is as many as they had over the previous four seasons combined.
The optimism that world champions Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso expressed were all but dashed by the time the final chequered fag waved in Abu Dhabi.
It was almost sad seeing these two great drivers being force to scrap over positions out of the points, struggling at times to make it out of Q1 and being overtaken as Alonso put it in Japan as though they were in “a GP2 car”.
2016 has to be an improvement who else expect a swift departure from both Alonso and Button.
We saw from Ferrari between 2014/15 that improvements can be made, but McLaren are in a worse position than Ferrari were at the end of 2014.
More than two seconds has to be found in the PU and the chassis, and that is just to catch up to the front runners pace of last season, this years front runners will have found another second or two in their own cars.
McLaren were seen as a mighty and powerful team, so dominant 20 years ago and regular race winners over the past decade, their torrid seasons are catching up with them financially and sooner or later something will have to give because struggling to even achieve points is unacceptable.