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McLaren need to 'pick up the pace' to get top four

Zak Brown admits that the team has failed to hit their development targets with the MCL60.

McLaren boss Zak Brown says the team needs to "pick up the pace" after he admitted they failed to meet their development targets so far in the MCL60. The team has already encountered teething problems during the first day of testing, in which Lando Norris lost two hours due to the team making extensive repairs to their wheel assembly. It mirrored the problems that occurred for the team during pre-season testing last year, which put them on the back foot for the start of the year. "It's hard to know until we get going," said Brown to media, including RacingNews365.com , when asked if their current issues will lead to a repeat of form seen at the start of 2022. "We know we set some goals for development, which we didn't hit. We felt it was better to be honest about that. "Like everyone we have a lot of developments coming, so we are encouraged by what we see around the corner. "But I think we will be going into the first race off of our projected targets and it's hard to really know where that means we'll be on the grid."

McLaren aiming for top four by end of year

McLaren lost out to fourth in the Constructors' Championship to Alpine in 2022, largely owing to their tricky start and poor performance from Daniel Ricciardo throughout the season. Brown says the team has clear aspirations to be "top four" by the end of the season, but admits the team will need to "pick up the pace" if it wants to achieve that goal. "We want to be in the top four by the end of the year. Last year was a bit disappointing, our aspirations are to get back to the front and we know that will take a little bit more time," he said. "But we've got all the technology infrastructure, it's either in or going to be pretty much completed this year, so that's quite exciting. "We have some good developments coming but so does every other single team in F1, so we need to pick up the pace."

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