The Woking-based outfit has so far had a mixed start to the season. Following a double podium finish in Australia and two top 10 results in Malaysia, McLaren failed to score points in the next three races.
After returning to the top 10 in Monaco, the team secured its best result since the season opener at the last race in Canada, with Jenson Button finishing fourth and Kevin Magnussen taking the chequered flag in ninth.
Racing director Eric Boullier, who joined McLaren at the start of the year as part of a major senior management restructuring, expects the MP4-29 to make a good step forward in performance at the Red Bull Ring due to a big aerodynamics upgrade.
“It is obviously the game to try to produce some parts as fast as possible, but it all depends on where you start from,” he is quoted as saying by AUTOSPORT.
“It is true that we started the season with a car that was lacking downforce and, at the same time, we had to redirect the strategy for the team where to go.
“I think the package we are bringing in Austria is good enough to step up and close the gap with everyone in front of us.
“Definitely we will not be winning races from that point – but it is a decent package to close the gap.”
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