Eric Boullier believes McLaren’s future performance upgrades could help the team to challenge Red Bull Racing in the final seven races of the 2014 season.
The Woking-based outfit looked more competitive at the last race in Belgium and moved up to fifth in the constructors’ standings, ahead of Force India.
Red Bull Racing has consistently been Mercedes’ nearest challenger so far this year. It is currently well clear of Ferrari in the runner-up spot in the championship.
McLaren’s racing director believes the team can challenge and beat the three teams ahead of them in the standings in the final part of the season.
“It’s true that getting in front of Force India was a short-term target, but it’s not the final ambition,” the Frenchman 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.”
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