Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 10 views remaining

You have read 5 stories this month. After 15, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 30 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 15 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 30 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.

Glenn Freeman Editor
Find out more about our subscriptions

McLaren F1 team eyes Red Bull challenge from Singapore GP

McLaren thinks a major update programme that kicks off at the Singapore Grand Prix could lift it on terms with Red Bull by the end of the 2014 Formula 1 season.

The Woking-based outfit has scheduled a big development step for its car for the start of the flyaway races, and racing director Eric Boullier is optimistic that further improvements pencilled in for the final races will help McLaren finish the season strongly.

And having edged ahead of Force India for fifth in the constructors' championship at the Belgian Grand Prix, he says sights are now set on fighting wheel-to-wheel with Ferrari, Williams and perhaps even Red Bull.

Speaking during a McLaren phone-in on Tuesday, Boullier said: "It is true that getting in front of Force India was a short-term target, but it is not the final ambition.

"I do feel comfortable and confident about a stronger end of season than beginning.

"Our car is working decently on low downforce tracks like Spa and [hopefully] Monza, but from Singapore we will have another big upgrade on the car which I hope will deliver all that is promised.

"We should have another couple of updates before the end of the season which should clear us definitely from Force India, but also fighting in the middle of Ferrari and Williams, and Red Bull maybe.

"I have no idea if we get another podium before the end of the season but if we do our job properly then maybe."

Although McLaren hopes to be fighting with the trio of teams ahead in the standings, points lost earlier in the campaign make it unlikely it will make much more progress in the constructors' championship.

It is currently fifth overall but 45 points behind Williams and a further 10 adrift of Ferrari while Red Bull is 149 points clear of McLaren in second place.

  More news  
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
Paddock insight from group F1 editor Jonathan Noble
Grand Prix news updates from F1 editor Edd Straw
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed