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McLaren not focused on 'destination' as reality check looms

The team have enjoyed renewed performance in recent races, with Lando Norris finishing second at Silverstone.

Norris Silverstone
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McLaren boss Andrea Stella says he is not focused on the "destination" of their Formula 1 recovery as a big reality check looms for the team.

A huge upgrade package to the MCL60 has allowed the team to make a giant leap forward over the past two races, with Lando Norris fourth and second in Austria and Great Britain, with Oscar Piastri only being denied a maiden podium by the Safety Car at Silverstone.

Prior to the new parts, it had been a slow start for McLaren, whose technical structure had undergone massive changes throughout the season, but with this now settled, Stella says it is not the end point he is focused on as the team continue their recovery.

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McLaren to keep working

"By nature, I don't necessarily think about the destination, I just think about what do we have to put in place to keep improving," Stella told media including RacingNews365.

"The way we discuss it internally is to let results come to us, we just have to focus on what do we need to do at a technical level, sporting level or natural level. That's our mindset.

"So if we take the technical elements and the performance, we just have to keep delivering upgrades to the car.

"Then sometimes you actually find surprises, [like] the upgrades we bought here, numerically, we weren't expecting this improvement from our point of view.

"We remain focused on just delivering upgrades to the car which means designing, conceiving and producing them, logistics, and so on.

"Then we will see later on where we are in the journey."

McLaren test

The MCL60 has proved to be a potent weapon in the right conditions, with the car favouring cool conditions and high-speed tracks, evidenced by Norris's surprise third on the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix.

However, the forthcoming Hungarian Grand Prix is not a high-speed track, with plenty of low and medium speed corners with high temperatures not uncommon.

"We look forward to Hungary to check comprehensively where we really are," Stella added.

"There's not much high speed, if anything, it is a low to medium speed dominated track, so we will see."

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