No short-term answers for McLaren
McLaren says there is no quick fix for its lack of pace this year but it is still working hard on its 2014 car in order to learn lessons for 2015.
This weekend's German Grand Prix marks the halfway point of the season and McLaren is currently sixth in the constructors' championship. It scored solid points at the British Grand Prix, but racing director Eric Boullier thinks the team was punching above its weight.
"It says a lot about the strength of our race team that we've recently managed to achieve some respectable results at circuits where we perhaps didn't expect to shine," he said. "We're aware that those results weren't fully representative of the pace of our car, but were achieved because our race team has the experience and commitment to make things count when it really matters.
"Even if, on paper, the track in Germany suits us better than it seemingly did in Great Britain, we still need to maximise everything to be in a strong points-scoring position on Sunday afternoon. There are no short-term answers: we're still pushing the development of MP4-29, and are hopeful that the lessons we learn during this season will have a positive effect on the development of next year's car."
Boullier also praised McLaren's drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen.
"In Jenson and Kevin we have two fantastic racers - both of whom have shown this year that they're always pushing. When racecraft comes to the fore, they'll be striving hard for some good results this weekend."