McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says the team "learned a lot" about the way its car works during the United States Grand Prix.

Kevin Magnussen finished eighth while Jenson Button faded late in the race to end up outside the points on a difficult day for McLaren in Austin. However, Boullier says there was a lot learned during the race which the team will try to take advantage off immediately as the Brazilian Grand Prix follows this weekend.

"Austin was a tricky race for us, but we learned a lot from the behaviour of our car, so we must regroup and go to Interlagos with renewed motivation," Boullier said. "Brazil is the last race of the season to be run under the standard points system, so we will be pushing to secure a solid points finish in order to put us in the best possible position for Abu Dhabi.

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"Every point is crucial in order to boost our place in the Constructors' standings, so our focus is on maximising everything we have to increase our tally on Sunday afternoon."

With McLaren having been very competitive in Japan and Russia, Magnussen said he feels it's a good thing for the team to be able to try to recover from Austin so quickly.

"The fact that the grand prix is only a week after the last race in Austin is a positive, as we'll be pushing to maintain the momentum from last weekend and continuously build on our race performances, as we have been over the second half of the season," Magnussen said.

"It's important that we build on the experience we gained in Austin - it was a tough weekend, but Brazil is another race and we'll give everything we have to come away with a decent result for the team."