Date: 24th April 2014 at 9:09am
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After a disappointing 2013, McLaren had hoped to see improvements in 2014.

Major changes have taken based at the Woking based team, former team principal Martin Whitmarsh has been ousted, in favour of a more hands on CEO Ron Dennis and new McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier.

This season will also see McLaren’s last year with Mercedes, switching to Honda for 2015.

So 2014, could be seen very much as a transitional year, but this is McLaren and they strive to be the best all the time.

A positive winter testing programme and opening race in Australia, raised expectation levels for the teams supporters and drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen.

But since then, whilst other teams such as Red Bull Racing and Ferrari have shown improvements, McLaren appear to be losing pace with runaway championship leaders Mercedes.

That said, McLaren are aiming for some positive upgrades for the coming weeks, especially now that the flyaway segment of the season has ended and the European season begins.

‘Obviously we have to believe we’ll win a race, If you look at the details, it looks like we’re stepping back since the beginning of the season. It’s true that Australia was a bit optimistic but we also prepared ourselves to pick up points and even podiums from the others. Boullier told Sky Sports.

‘I’ve made clear that a lack of downforce is hurting us, when you have very hot conditions or very cool like we had in China and there is a technical reason for that.

‘I think what’s going on here in Woking is very positive and I think we’ll be able to keep pushing and bring, let’s say, a very aggressive and strong development for the season.

‘I think we’ll put ourselves in a position, maybe not in the first part of the season, but maybe later to fight for a win. I hope so.’