McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has revealed the team’s “outdated infrastructure” will place restrictions on its progress over the next two years.
McLaren finished third in the constructor’s standings during the 2020 season and move to Mercedes power-units from the start of the 2021 campaign.
However, Seidl was keen to prevent expectations from getting out of hand and admitted that there was still a way to go before the team would be competing at the front again.
“On our side, we still have these big restrictions on an outdated infrastructure where it will take two years until we have all the updates in place,” he said. “Then it takes time also to get this infrastructure to a place that you actually see the benefits from it.
“Until then we simply have restrictions but nevertheless, there is still more potential in the car and the team already now and that is what we will try to lift for next year.”
With Carlos Sainz leaving for Ferrari, Lando Norris will be partnered by Daniel Ricciardo next season and Seidl said that P3 in the constructor’s standings was once again the target.
“I would clearly say that no-one could say that they would expect we were competing for P3 [in 2020] going into the season,” he added.
“It is obviously a great achievement from every single member of the team involved in that great result.
“Looking ahead, I think it will be again a good battle probably between four-five teams for this P3 to P7, similar to what we have seen this year. We simply need to stay realistic about what is possible.”