McLaren haven’t yet met their full expectations according to team principal, Martin Whitmarsh.
The Woking based team has already taken one victory this season, but hasn’t been able to match the pace set by the Red Bull’s, particularly in qualifying trim.
“By our own very high standards, we’ve not fully met our very high expectations in the first three races,” said Whitmarsh. “Despite having what we feel is the necessary race pace to compete at the front and despite having won the Australian grand prix.
“That might sound overly self-critical, given that we are second in the Constructors’ Championship, and given that Jenson and Lewis are both close to the top of the drivers’ championship, but that’s merely a reflection of the fact that we at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes aim to excel at all times.”
The team is looking to iron out the mistakes it made in Australia when they called Hamilton in for a second-stop, as well as the qualifying mistake they made in Malaysia which saw them qualify in the bottom ten.
“It’s our desire to improve and to eliminate mistakes from the operation that will make us stronger championship contenders.
“Now we are looking to establish ourselves as consistent challengers at the front, and to pick up the maximum available points on a regular basis.
Whitmarsh added: “We’re confident that we’ll become an even more formidable contender as we head into China and then the start of the European season.”