Despite a poor sprint qualifying for Hamilton, they took home a decent points haul during Saturday's sprint race, increasing their gap to Ferrari in the battle for second place in the constructors' championship.
On top of this, Oscar Piastri also managed to win the sprint race, ensuring a huge points haul for the team which might just have Ferrari looking behind them in the constructors' standings, rather than ahead.
“McLaren is very strong, very, very strong," Leclerc continued.
"I think we expected them to be strong, not as strong as what we’ve seen this weekend. We also expect to be much closer in some of the tracks until the end of the year, so it’s not time to give up whatsoever.
"They are getting closer, for sure. We need to keep pushing. There will be races where we are more in the game, others where we will be struggling, especially these kind of tracks with high speed corners."
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