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As its former driver Lewis Hamilton claimed his fourth successive win of the season, McLaren finished the Spanish Grand Prix with nothing to show.
The British squad has now failed to score in three straight races and has slipped to sixth in the constructors’ championship with 43 points. Hamilton has scored 100 this season so far.
McLaren started the season strongly when it registered two podiums in Australia with rookie Kevin Magnussen and teammate Jenson Button but has failed to convert that promise into results thereafter.
The Woking-based outfit came into the championship after enduring its worse season last year since 1980 as it stayed clear of the podium during the 19-race campaign.
Pre-season potential suggested that McLaren would be there and thereabouts in 2014 but the team instead has been battling in the mid-field with the likes of Toro Rosso and Force India.
In Spain, Button crossed the line in 11th ahead of Magnussen with the pair trailing the Force India duo, who have scored 14 points more than McLaren this season so far and are placed two places ahead in fourth in the standings.
Hamilton left McLaren for Mercedes at the end of 2012, in a move widely regarded to be a career suicide at the time but the 2008 world champion recalled that he was convinced about the decision he was making.
"Sitting down with Ross (Brawn - Mercedes team principal at the time) at my mum’s house at the kitchen table, yeah this is the idea that I was given," he said.
Hamilton added that the recent results proved that his detractors were wrong.
"It was obviously a great call and there was never a moment that I ever doubted it," he said. "I’m not one to rub it in people’s faces. I knew that I was in a good place, I knew that I was making the right decision for me and now it should be becoming more evident to people... I’m sure the people that wrote those things had an opinion at the beginning and I’m sure it’s changed now."
While McLaren has recorded two podiums since the departure of its star driver, spanning 24 races, Mercedes has finished in the top three 18 times in that period, which include eight victories.
McLaren’s last win came at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix in 2012.