Neale: Focus will shift to 2014 in August
26 June 2013 – McLaren has vowed not to give up on its ambitions to return to the front of the Formula 1 grid this season, despite the fact that it occupies only sixth in the Constructors' standings after struggling for raw pace over the course of the first seven races.
Instead of cutting back on the development of the MP4-28 chassis, Managing Director Jonathan Neale has explained that efforts will remain high until at least the summer break in August, when he expects focus to gradually shift towards the 2014 campaign.
"I'm pretty sure that all of the teams will have been running some kind of car concept research work in the last quarter of last year, maybe some even sooner than that," Neale explained during the latest Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in. "We've been contemplating what we're going to do from a car concept point of view throughout the winter and we're still doing it now."
He added: "In terms of this year's car versus next year's car, we're still learning a lot. I think that some of the fundamental work that we'll continue to do beyond the shutdown is useful into next year, but inevitably once we're through and into August we will be migrating some resource across in to 2014."
On Tuesday, McLaren test driver Oliver Turvey conducted a straight line outing at the Idiada motorsport complex to assess updates for this weekend's British Grand Prix.