Fernando Alonso says that McLaren's MP4-30 is a 'beautifully balanced' chassis, despite the team sitting a lowly ninth in the championship at the halfway point of the season.
McLaren has had a challenging time in 2015, as a reunion with Honda has been a work in progress, amid performance and reliability problems in the Japanese manufacturer's nascent power unit.
Alonso survived a chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix to claim fifth position, earning McLaren's highest finish of 2015 and boosting its points tally to 17.
"We’re still not where we want to be, but the result in Hungary shows that we’re headed in the right direction," said Alonso.
"To be able to take on and race the other cars felt great, and, while the result was largely achieved through attrition, we showed throughout that we had to pace to fight for the points.
"This car has been beautifully balanced all season, and was just something I could really push all the way through the race.
"I’m really looking forward to the second half of the season, I think we’ll see more progress."