Giving McLaren a bonus 2 tenths of qualifying pace and assuming they hold roughly that speed in the races, we get:pokerman wrote: ↑Mon Jul 26, 2021 3:19 pmIt's just extreme circumstance that kept Kubica in the game not the quality of the car, on today's grid if you give Ricciardo's present car just 2 tenths more performance then you are perhaps were Kubica was with his car, look at Lando so close to 2 poles already, even with 2 tenths more performance is that a title challenging car I very much doubt it, I would say that Ricciardo is already close to having the car that Kubica had in 2008 already, Lando is beating both Bottas and Perez, it just needs Max and Hamilton to continually mess up.
Bahrain: P5 in qualifying, P4 in the race (+2 / +0)
Imola: P4 in qualifying, P2 in the race (* / + 1)
Portugal: P5 in qualifying, P5 in the race (+2 / +0)
Spain: P4 in qualifying, P5 in the race (+3 / +1)
Monaco: P2 in qualifying, likely race win (+3 / +2)
Azerbaijan: P3 in qualifying (P6 after penalty), likely P4 in the race (+3 / +1)
France: P8 in qualifying, P5 in the race (+0 / +0)
Styria: P2 in qualifying, likely P5 in the race (+2 / +0)
Austria: Pole position, P2 in the race (+1 / +1)
Britain: P4 in qualifying, likely P5 in the sprint, P5 in the race (+2 / +0 / +0)
That's still a largely midfield car, as you suspected. They would have one pole (two, if Lando delivered on his lap in Imola), and probably a single inherited race win from Ferrari when Leclerc had his DNS in Monaco.
Essentially, this is a demonstration of the still-sizable gap from the top of the midfield to the contenders. Giving McLaren two tenths would establish them as the clear 'gap team' between Mercedes / Red Bull and the rest, but it wouldn't be enough on race day to bridge that gap.