What a difference a year makes. Last season’s opener was all about champagne and the promise and expectation of what 2012 would bring, but on Sunday it was nothing but doom and gloom for the Woking based team.

Sergio Perez had one of the most forgettable McLaren debuts in a while, starting 15th and finishing 11th. Remember when he declared his intention to try to win the World Championship? Those laughs must have rung loud in the Mexican’s head as he negotiated Albert Park for most of the afternoon…

And then we have Jenson Button, who wore the face of total bemusement from, what it seems, the moment the car hit the track on Friday. Like he said after the race, he’s been there plenty of times before, but the stark realisation is that McLare in the space of a few months have lost a world class driver, their technical director and now title sponsor have all abandoned ship.

It’s all a bit grim right now, isn’t it?

The car looked good at the launch, but Button and Perez were looking in their mirrors down under.
The car looked good at the launch, but Button and Perez were looking in their mirrors down under.