Oscar Piastri has said that it is critical McLaren keep up the momentum into 2024 after their dramatic turnaround last season.
Team principal Andrea Stella and CEO Zak Brown admitted that the team had missed their winter development targets in 2022/23 when the MCL60 was launched.
The result was Piastri and team-mate Lando Norris turning up to the first race in Bahrain with an underdeveloped car that would struggle to get out of Q1.
McLaren failed to score points in the first two races of the season, but after a major upgrade in Austria, the team emerged as the most consistent challenger to Red Bull.
Piastri: 'Momentum is key to success'
Piastri picked up two podium finishes in 2023 as well as a win in the sprint race in Qatar, and the Rookie of the Year has said that the key to the team’s success for this year is to continue from where they left off.
Speaking with motorsport.com, the Aussie said: "The biggest thing is to continue the momentum. If you stand still, you're going backwards.
"Of course, we don't know what the other teams have around us.
"We're happier than we were at this point 12 months ago with how things are looking. But until you're on track with everyone else, you never quite know what it's going to be like…
"The thing for us is, we still have pretty clear weaknesses [low-speed handling] compared to our competitors. It's just that we also have good strengths as well.
"How those are going to balance up against each other is always difficult even for us to know. Every team has some sort of fluctuation at every circuit apart from Red Bull [at] Singapore."
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