McLaren sporting director Gil de Ferran says the team will only rest when they are P1 and 2 in Formula 1.
The Woking outfit are without a race win since 2012, but this season have shown signs of major improvement – showcased by Lando Norris’ P6 finish in Bahrain while both cars qualified in the top ten.
McLaren were confident of their race pace at Formula 1’s 1000th GP in China, but a first-lap incident cost them the chance to fight for points.
When asked by RaceFans.net if their engine supplier Renault were seen as the first target for his team, de Ferran dismissed the idea, while stating that there is “no rest until we are P1 and P2”.
“Personally I don’t look at it that way,” he said. “Renault has done a great job for us this year as a power unit partner. They have definitely made a step forward and delivered us a more powerful power unit and I think our objective is just to keep moving up regardless of who’s ahead.
“I cast my mind back to when I was a driver. Some people like to focus on one enemy. I don’t think that way. We as a group can only control what we do and that’s what we need to stay focused on and continue to move forward. And, frankly, no rest until we are P1 and P2.”
Although he has seen some progress since the team’s split from Honda in 2017, de Ferran sees no room for complacency since McLaren “are not fighting for wins”.
“Working day in and day out it feels like it has. Obviously we are not fighting for wins at this point but I think that we have evolved a little bit in our understanding of what we need to do and what we need from a Formula 1 car,” he told RaceFans.net.
“This car feels like it’s a little bit of a step forward relative to last year. But we are certainly under no illusions. We still know there is a lot of work ahead of us, I’ve been saying that throughout winter testing and the first few races and that mindset hasn’t changed.”
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