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McLaren makes changes following 2013 slump

ESPN Staff
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It's been a tough season for McLaren, with no podiums so far © Sutton Images

McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale admits the team has made changes to the way it works following its failures this season.

Although it ended 2012 with the fastest car, McLaren attempted a radical redesign for 2013 which has left it uncompetitive and yet to score a podium after ten of the 19 races. With the team now turning its attentions to 2014 and not expecting to be able to challenge for victories this year it has been focusing on how to ensure there is no repeat next season.

Speaking during a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in, Neale said there had been repercussions to the poor form, especially in the technical department.

"Yes, we have strengthened the area and continue to strengthen the team in a number of areas," Neale said. "The organisation of decision making around Tim Goss as our technical director has sharpened up our focus.

"You don't have to try too hard to get things wrong in Formula One; you have to be pushing all the time. The team has done a great job over the last few years to give us consistent, race-winning cars and we continue to push and want to be an aggressive organisation."