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Italian Grand Prix: Michael: Few upgrades for Monza

Sam Michael says McLaren will take few upgrades to Monza, with Singapore set to be the race where more development parts are introduced
McLaren sporting director Sam Michael has revealed that the team will take only minor upgrades to the next race of the F1 season at Monza.

The Italian Grand Prix will mark the final European race of the year before the final run of fly-away events conclude the fight for the 2013 title.

While some teams have already started to focus mainly on 2014, McLaren is set to continue work on the troublesome MP4-28 in the upcoming races, although the next serious upgrades won't come until the Singapore Grand Prix next month.

"There will be a few upgrades [at Monza] because it is a completely different drag level - so we have the highest top speeds and so you have different front and rear wings and tweak a few things around the front of the car to suit that track," Michael told Sky Sports.

"But I think the next sort of high downforce track and the next big raft of updates people will be looking at bringing will be Singapore, so Monza will be a sort of intermediate race.”

Michael added however that any parts introduced in the remaining race this season are being introduced with one eye already on 2014.

"We had a good turn of pace in Budapest and another at Spa as well,” he said. “But it is not where we want to be - we are here to win the race, but we can't do that at the moment as the car is not fast enough.

"But we are definitely starting to see progress. A lot of our development is focussed on 2014, so anything we bring to the 2013 car now is only things that will help us understand next year's car."

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