McLaren manager Andreas Seidl is confident that his team can progress with the Mercedes engine next year.
Still, he doesn't see the switch from the Renault V6 to the German V6 as an automatic entry ticket for the front-runner in F1.
"The first position? No, we have to be realistic" tempers Seidl. "The main thing for me is that we continue to develop as a team, which also means taking a step forward with the car because that is the only way to get back to the front in Formula 1."
"Of course, with everything I see happening at the factory, the changes that are coming on the development side, it's encouraging that we're getting that step forward."
McLaren will be the only team to switch engines next year and will therefore have to adapt to Mercedes' V6 hybrid. The integration of the power unit will be crucial for the MCL36 to perform well, and Seidl knows that no misstep will be allowed.
"We're happy. But at the same time, we shouldn't underestimate the competition and the fact that she works as hard as us, and that she has a lot of potential."
"Our goal is clear. We want to progress and we hope to be in a position to have good races and have good battles, but it is clear that we have to be realistic. There is no way to leap forward. suddenly to challenge Mercedes. "