McLaren Team Principal Andreas Seidl believes Lando Norris' great run of form began during the final events from last year's Formula 1 season.
Norris was the only driver to have scored points at every round in 2021 until he was taken out by Valtteri Bottas at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix. The 22-year-old was also in the top 10 in the final five races of 2020.
"The 15 races also [include] five races from last year," Seidl told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "So this was a continuation of a strong performance already last year.
"It's clear that as a team we made a step forward with the car and the way we work together. Also with our colleagues from Mercedes, reliability is important to have this run of finishing in the points.
"But then, of course, Lando made a great step forward as well this year and that's why he scored all these points already.
"At the same time, there's no reason to get carried away with that. [We] just have to focus on doing what we're doing as a team and the same on Lando's side to keep doing what he was doing in the last 15 races. Hopefully that helps us to stay in the battle for third in the [Constructors'] Championship."
McLaren are in a tight battle against Ferrari for third place in the Constructors' Championship with both teams tied on points after 11 rounds. Seidl has previously confirmed that McLaren will still be bringing upgrades to this year's car after the summer break and is thoroughly enjoying the team's campaign so far.
"It's great to see the competitive car that the team back home have produced," said Seidl. "It's great to see that upgrades are still coming thanks to big push from the entire production department as well back home.
"Also [it's] great to see how the race team is pulling it off every race weekend. This has resulted in all these great races we have had so far this year and then this gives us a big points haul as well.
"So [I'm] proud to be part of this this team, we are on a great journey [but at] the same time we know we still have a lot to do in order to get to where we want to get to."