Formula 1

McLaren to focus on 2014 development

McLaren have struggled to compete this season. (©GettyImages)
McLaren have struggled to compete this season. (©GettyImages).

McLaren Mercedes F1 team have decided to focus all their developments and research on the 2014 season, henceforth.

The British team, one of the most successful in the sport, have had a horrible season thus far, with both drivers failing to qualify for Q3 on multiple occasions. 

The team, who finished third last season, have been a distant shade of their past glory, with only 10 points finishes between both the drivers, the highest being Button's fifth place in China. 

They currently stand sixth on the constructor's championship, with 49 points, behind Red Bull, Ferrari, Lotus, and Force India.

In the ongoing Young Driver Test, which allows teams to test new developments, upcoming drivers, and tyres; the Silver team have confirmed that their focus is now on the next season, and gathering information on new parts. 

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said to Sky Sports: "We are going to carry on fighting and bringing parts to this car but we have to be realistic about where we are this year.

"Clearly we have to make sure we come out strong in 2014. We have some development bits here and there like development angles that are relevant to next year.

"Next year is an important year and of course 2015 is another important year for McLaren and we have to look ahead. I think we have an exciting future ahead of us. We are used coming to races and thinking we can win - when you are thinking you need to luck in to do that it is a different mentality."

The team lost their point scoring streak after both drivers failed to finish in the top 10 in the Canadian GP; ending their run of 64 races starting in 2010.


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