Things may not have gone according to plan for McLaren so far this campaign, but that doesn't mean the team are ready to give up on this year's car.
Instead of challenging for victories in the opening five races of the year, Jenson Button and Sergio Perez have not only found themselves battling to finish in the top 10, but they have often struggled to make it into Q3.
The team have accumulated only 29 points to date, which leaves them 102 points behind pacesetters Red Bull in the Constructors' Championship.
Despite their woes to date, team principal Martin Whitmarsh says they are determined to make their 2013 model more competitive before they start focusing on next year's car.
"I think, every year, you have that dilemma of where and when do you deploy the resources that you have," Whitmarsh said during a Vodafone McLaren media phone-in. "There are some resources diverted [towards 2014 and '15], but we're not giving up on this year. Be assured that there is a big effort to develop this year's car and to restore McLaren to the level of competitiveness that we expect of ourselves.
"We struggle to give up. It's still early enough in the season, and we've got to believe that we can get up there and get some good results. We'll have to take stock of it later in the season but, at the moment, we're very determined to make our car competitive and provide the sort of results that we expect from ourselves."
McLaren will switch engine supplier in 2015 with Honda replacing Mercedes, and the team are so determined to go out on a high with Merc that they are not using up all their resources on next year's car.
"It's probably less than we planned because we've got to try harder on this year's car," Whitmarsh added. "There's a lot of work to do for 2014 and 2015, undeniably, [but] we're going to be doing everything we can to win races with Mercedes this year."
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