McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has warned rival Red Bull Racing that he thinks his team can now be a threat for victory at most of the remaining tracks of the season.
With McLaren having moved to the top of the championship standings following Lewis Hamilton's victories in the Turkish and Canadian Grands Prix, Whitmarsh is in a positive mood about his team's prospects for the rest of the campaign. Next weekend's Valencia street circuit should play to the strengths of the McLaren, while a major upgrade that the team is hoping to fast-track on to the car in time for the British Grand Prix should close down the aerodynamic advantage that Red Bull Racing has enjoyed in the early stages of the year.
"I think we've shown in the past two races that we lack nothing in terms of hunger and motivation," said Whitmarsh on Friday. "And with our car being constantly developed, I believe we can continue to be a threat at the majority of remaining races on the calendar.
"Of course, we're no strangers to relentless development – it's one of the team's greatest strengths – and we're absolutely committed to maximizing every last component in the search for performance. Nothing is too small to be overlooked, and it's that holistic approach that really brings rewards, allowing us to eke out performance in every single area of the car.
"It's also an approach we're increasingly focusing on with the team, too: we're looking at pit stops, engineering, strategy – and we're seeing practical and material benefits in those areas, too."
Jenson Button believes title momentum is now firmly behind McLaren following its recent run of success.
"As a team, we've taken maximum points in the last two races and it feels like we've really gathered considerable momentum," he said. "The team really is functioning as a single unit, so I think we head into Valencia next weekend hopeful of being able to once again capitalize on that determination and ambition."