Dennis: Don't write us off
McLaren boss Ron Dennis is refusing to write off his team's latest wretched campaign.
The promise shown during the season-opening grand prix in Australia, when rookie Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button were second and third, has rapidly evaporated due to a car lacking in a number of areas.
Despite possessing the all-conquering Mercedes power unit, McLaren find themselves trailing the other teams using the system - naturally the dominant works team, but also Williams and Force India.
It is now 27 grands prix since McLaren last won a race, their worst run for a decade, and at present there are no signs that is due to come to an end any time soon.
Dennis, however, is convinced his team are on the right path as there have been a number of personnel changes behind the scenes of late, and for next season they welcome Honda's return to F1 as power-unit supplier.
"It's a challenge, but you just have to keep working away at it," said Dennis, whose team have scored just 39 points from seven races since collecting 33 in Melbourne.
"So you never write anything off. We're going to be fighting to the end of the last grand prix. That's the nature of the team.
"I'm still very much aware of what's coming down the road, and we just have to get on with the development of the cars.
"The regulations are relatively stable now for the next couple of years, so you have to have constant performance.
"There is no opportunity to stop and take breath. You just have to keep developing and try to come to terms with things.
"We've Peter Prodromou joining us in September (from Red Bull), so that will be a big step.
"He will bolster and revitalise the aero team, so I'm not concerned about aero performance next year. That will come right.
"Obviously we've a steep learning curve with Honda, but at the end of the day we were with them for five years (from 1988-92) and we won 50 per cent of the races, so I'm not worried about getting there with them.
"It will be a bit challenging at the beginning, but this is motor racing, it goes up and down, so you get your head down and keep working.
"With all these changes, it obviously takes a while for things to bed down and to get the results, but we're going forward, there is no question we're going forward."
With Button out of contract at the end of the season, one of the key questions for 2015 surrounds McLaren's driver line-up.
Group CEO Dennis, however, insists nothing will be resolved on that front until much later in the year.
Dennis added: "Our driver line-up for next year will be considered some way down the road."