Eric Boullier maintains that McLaren will continue to push hard to improve their performances in 2014, even though there are just seven races left in the season.
McLaren started the year with a bang, claiming a double podium finish in the season opener in Australia, but since then the Woking outfit have struggled to replicate that performance and currently sit in fifth place on the Constructors' Championship standings, just ahead of Force India and behind long-time rivals Williams.
Speaking to crash.net ahead of this week's Italian Grand Prix, Boullier was adamant that the squad can finish the year on a high note.
"Our aim for the remainder of the season is both to consolidate our position in the Constructors' Championship by bringing both cars home in the points at each and every race, and also to continue to push hard to improve and refine the MP4-29," the McLaren Racing Director said.
"There will be no easing off on the gas in terms of development, as everything we learn this year will roll into next year's technical package.
"I feel that the spirit within the team is strong: we're continuing to push forwards, and I'm optimistic that we'll see an improvement to our fortunes before the end of the year."
Boullier added that the whole team is looking forward to racing at Monza once again.
"Any weekend at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is a special one, and the Italian Grand Prix is always a unique, flat-out and exciting event," the former Lotus boss continued.
"Arriving in Italy at the end of the European summer always feels like a turning-point in the season [too] - it's the race at which we tend to start look towards the end of the year, and contemplate how the season will run out over the last remaining fly-aways.
"The last third of the season is always an incredibly tough challenge for the race team, both mentally and physically, so it's important that we maintain our focus."