McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says there will be “no easing off on the gas” in the final seven races of the season.
McLaren began F1 2014 with a double podium in Australia, but since then the pickings for Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen have been harder to come by, although the squad did move up to fifth in the Constructors' Championship and ahead of Force India in Belgium.
Speaking ahead of the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, Boullier reiterated that he thinks the squad can finish the season a lot stronger.
“Our aim for the remainder of the season is both to consolidate our position in the Constructors' Championship by bringing both cars home in the points at each and every race, and also to continue to push hard to improve and refine the MP4-29,” he explained.
“There will be no easing off on the gas in terms of development, as everything we learn this year will roll into next year's technical package.
“I feel that the spirit within the team is strong: we're continuing to push forwards, and I'm optimistic that we'll see an improvement to our fortunes before the end of the year.”
Meanwhile, he added that McLaren is looking forward to the trip to Monza.
“Any weekend at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is a special one, and the Italian Grand Prix is always a unique, flat-out and exciting event,” he continued.
“Arriving in Italy at the end of the European summer always feels like a turning-point in the season [too] – it's the race at which we tend to start look towards the end of the year, and contemplate how the season will run out over the last remaining fly-aways,” he added.
“The last third of the season is always an incredibly tough challenge for the race team, both mentally and physically, so it's important that we maintain our focus.”