They are odds-on favourite to finish as best of the rest, but McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has urged his team to “leave nothing to chance”.
With only four races left to go in the 2019 season, the Woking-based squad are fourth in the standings behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, and they have a comfortable 34-point lead over fifth-placed Renault.
However, team boss Seidl knows his outfit can’t afford to rest on their laurels at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix as well as the final three races.
“We go to Mexico with clear objectives in mind. The high altitude at the track poses an interesting challenge when setting up the car on Friday, so we’ll be working hard to optimise our aero package for qualifying and the race,” he said.
“As we head into these final few races, our focus remains on maximising the opportunities to score points through work at the track and back at the factory.
“Our position in the Constructors’ Championship is not yet secured and we must keep pushing to ensure we leave nothing to chance. It’s still all to play for and I look forward to some exciting racing.”