McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says the team's experience has come to the fore in recent races.
Jenson Button finished fourth in the British Grand Prix with team-mate Kevin Magnussen seventh; a position Magnussen had also secured in Austria a fortnight earlier. However, Silverstone especially was not expected to suit McLaren and Boullier said the results could be attributed to the team knowing how to make the most of its opportunities.
“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,” Boullier 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.”
Having praised the team's efforts, Boullier was keen to ensure McLaren is aware that it still needs to work just as hard to get the most out of its car even on circuits which are more favourable to the MP4-29.
“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.
“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.”