McLaren racing director Eric Boullier believes the team has developments in the pipeline that may allow it to fight with Red Bull before the end of the season.
Red Bull has marked itself out as Mercedes' nearest challenger by winning the last two races – and three of the last six – as it has established a firm grip on second place in the constructors' championship. While McLaren showed improved pace to move up to fifth in the standings at Spa, Boullier is focusing on the three teams sitting between McLaren and Mercedes as realistic targets to race with in the remaining seven grands prix.
“It's true that getting in front of Force India was a short-term target, but it's not the final ambition,” Boullier said. “I do feel comfortable and confident about a stronger end of season than the beginning. Obviously our car is working decently in high-speed tracks like Spa and expected Monza.
“From Singapore we will have another big upgrade on the car which I hope will deliver all it has promised, and we should have another couple of developments before the end of the season which should clear us definitely from Force India but hopefully also be fighting in the middle of Ferrari, Williams and maybe Red Bull's positions.
“So I have no idea if we will get a podium before the end of the season but if we do our job properly then maybe.”