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McLaren was dealt a major blow at the Canadian GP, as championship rivals Alpine and Alfa Romeo secured double-points finishes and reduced the papaya team's cushion in the standings. 

Some might argue that McLaren should be praised for outscoring their rivals, considering their torrid start to the year and ability to capitalise on the reliability and operational issues that have plagued their midfield rivals. 

Lando Norris's Imola podium, followed by the team's significant points haul in Australia, was pivotal in catapulting McLaren's position in the constructors' standings.


The Woking-based team was able to turn around the trajectory of its season after an embarrassing weekend in Bahrain, which wouldn't have been helped by the brake issues that haunted them in pre-season.

With this in mind, there was hope within the McLaren fanbase that the British squad would introduce some extensive upgrades to address the Alpine threat.

However, as The Race reports, McLaren will prioritise improving their current package over bringing updates to the car, employing a similar mindset to that of Haas:

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"The main thing at the moment is still to try to unlock more performance from the package that we have. 

And then we need to see which further small little changes to the car will come throughout the course of the season. 

We just need to make sure we keep trying to make steps with the car", Andreas Seidl explained.


"With this car, we made a good step forward in terms of some of the weaknesses we had last year... so I definitely think that the car is now more suitable to all kinds of tracks

At the same time, probably also due to these cars still being so new, we still see big swings before all the different cars we are battling from track to track...

If you look at our side, I think the season so far definitely is a bit of an up and down."

Seidl echoes a similar philosophy to that of Guenther Steiner, who has stressed the importance of maximising the package available before bringing performance upgrades. 

McLaren will look to further optimise their machine, though some minor upgrades can still be expected.