Racing director Eric Boullier admits he is starting to believe McLaren can beat Ferrari to fourth in the constructors' championship, but says it isn't an explicit target for the team.

Two strong races have seen McLaren close the gap to Ferrari to 45 points having outscored it by 22 points across Japan and Russia. With double points available in Abu Dhabi there are still 172 constructors' points to play for and when asked if catching Ferrari was a realistic target, Boullier replied: "I would lie if I said this isn't at the back of my mind.

"Clearly this is more about bringing some momentum back to the team and getting some good results in the last two races, but also having brought back a strong belief in our capacity and capability to deliver some performance on the car.

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"As I have said many times I don't think we have a clear target for this year other than rebuilding the team and getting a way to fight back as soon as possible. If the performance of our car is good and we can deliver some strong results like Russia then obviously we will see later if we can chase back another championship position, which I would be delighted to."

With another major upgrade due in Abu Dhabi, Boullier insisted it was not a plan for McLaren to try and take advantage of double points but just an acceleration of the team's development,

"We are not chasing championship position, we are chasing the final restructuring of the team to be ready to build on the new structure to be competitive sooner rather than later. The result of the performance at the last two races is due to a major upgrade that we brought to Singapore.

"It's true that we have another major upgrade coming before the end of the season, which is not designed to chase double points in Abu Dhabi, it's more about keeping building the foundations for the future."