Among the myriad problems that afflicted them was the fallout from a decision early in the programme to build their own steering wheel. These house electronic read-outs and several controls for the car, and most Indycar teams buy them in from British company Cosworth.
When McLaren realised they had run out of time to do their own before starting testing, they ordered one from Cosworth, but when it arrived it did not have any gear-change paddles. When McLaren asked why, they were told they had not ordered them.
It has been a long, long time since I've read of a list of comedy failures as long as that in motorsport. That's an Andrea Moda level of incompetence.https://apnews.com/a8653967a9714ac7a9a3ba576f712fff
For the full comedy of errors. Not having a spare car because it was down the road being repainted as it was not the correct shade of Orange is also very funny.
I see a comedy movie starring Paul Rudd as Fernando Alonso in the offing.