McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has said the priority for team in Korea next weekend and over the remainder of the season is to consolidate fifth place in the Constructors' Championship.

McLaren trailed Force India by two points going into the summer break, however, the Woking-based squad moved in front after the Belgian Grand Prix, extending the gap to 14 points following the race in Singapore last Sunday, when Jenson Button and Sergio Perez came home in seventh and eighth respectively.

Now Whitmarsh is keen for them to pull further ahead, although he concedes such fights aren't something that particularly excites them.

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"We go into these final races with the very clear intention of consolidating our position in the constructors' championship," he confirmed.

"While improving our position sadly looks impossible [given Lotus are 124 points ahead in P4], it is important to consistently achieve top-10 finishes with both drivers in order to strengthen our points cushion over our closest rivals behind. We achieved that in Singapore and will be looking for similar performances from now until the end of the season.

"That may not be a particularly glamorous task for a team that enjoys winning, but it nonetheless calls for constant application, focus and commitment as we count down the remaining races during this important phase of the season."

Whitmarsh also warned that they will have to be careful to avoid 'burnout': "This final leg of the world championship - in which we'll race in six grands prix in just eight weeks - is an incredibly tough physical feat," he added.

"After 13 races, and with the prospect of many more weeks spent on the road and thousands of miles spent away from home, it's essential to remain fit, focused and dedicated in order to stave off the inevitable burnout that comes at the end of such a long year."