McLaren: Late season upgrades aiding 2015 development

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McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has said that the team’s late-season upgrades for the 2014 MP4-29 car will also help with the development of next year’s car.

The British team has endured two difficult seasons in 2013 and 2014, and currently ranks fifth in this year’s constructors’ championship after passing Force India at the last race in Russia.

For some time, McLaren’s focus has been on 2015 when Honda is set to return as an engine supplier, rekindling the famously successful partnership from the late 1980s.

However, Boullier explained to the media earlier this week that the team was planning a major upgrade for the end of the current season, which will aid development of the 2015 car as well as improving its short-term performance.

“We have another major upgrade coming before the end of the season,” Boullier said. “It is not designed to bring an advantage for the double points [in Abu Dhabi], it is more about building the foundations for the future.

“[It’s] 100% applicable to next year’s car.”

The team currently trails Ferrari by 48 points in the constructors’ championship, and could yet seize fourth place off the Italian marque with a strong final trio of races.

Speculation about McLaren’s driver line-up for 2015 continues to rage on, with Jenson Button being linked with a move to the FIA World Endurance Championship should he be forced out of Woking.

The team does plan to make an announcement before the end of the season, leaving little time for it to make a final decision about the future of its drivers – and equally, its drivers little time to make a decision about their own future.