McLaren will not compromise 2020 focus
McLaren say they will prioritise the development of their car for 2020 over battling with Renault in the Constructor’s Championship.
Heading into the summer break, McLaren were comfortably sat in fourth in the team standings but a run of just one point in two races in Belgium and Italy has seen the gap between themselves and Renault close.
The French team have taken advantage of McLaren's slip, securing their best points haul since the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix by finishing fourth and fifth in Monza.
Now, the points gap has been cut to just 18 but McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl is adamant they will look to prepare their car for 2020 rather than expend too much energy on fighting with Renault.
"Of course we want to fight for this P4 as long as possible but at the same time for me it's a lot more important to make the next step with next year's car," team principal Andreas Seidl is quoted by Motorsportweek.com.
"So I don't want to compromise next year by suddenly switching the focus on this year again.
"We have a plan in place for what we want to do this year, we have a plan in place for how we approach next year, and this is how we approach it.
"We plan to bring parts – not huge updates but just continuously bringing small things – for the next two or three races at least."
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