Despite the switch to Mercedes power, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl believes the team are realistic regarding their targets for 2021 given their relationship with the German outfit is different than what it used to be.
The two giants of motorsport worked together from 1995 to 2014, with McLaren taking home 78 grand prix victories, three drivers' championships and a constructor's title. However Seidl is quick to push the brakes regarding expectations over the new agreement.
"This is a different partnership than in the past," Seidl told Marca regarding McLaren's new partnership with Mercedes.
"Now there is an official Mercedes team in Formula 1 and we are a customer. But I'm very happy with everything I've seen so far and the integration of the power unit."
Seidl also alluded to Lewis Hamilton's recent comments, which saw the reigning world champion state he hopes to see his old team fighting for victories and championships.
"It's obviously good for us that Lewis respects us and looks at the progress we make as a team," commented Seidl.
"But we have a clear and realistic picture of where we are".