Martin Whitmarsh: 'McLaren have no excuses in 2014'

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh during a practise session on October 25, 2013
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Martin Whitmarsh believes that his McLaren team need to return to front of the Formula 1 field next season.

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has said that his team will have no excuses if they fail to compete with their elite rivals in Formula 1 next season.

Although the Woking-based outfit ended 2013 without a podium finish for the first time since 1980, Whitmarsh is excited about the prospects for next season with the grid needing to adapt to changes in regulations.

He told Autosport: "It has been a long season and it seemed longer than I have ever known a season. Now I am excited about the future and that is a nice thing.

"With the big rule change coming for 2014, it really is a clean sheet here. There are no excuses for next year."

McLaren finished fifth in the constructors' championship, 474 points behind winners Red Bull.

Sergio Perez of Mexico and McLaren walks in the paddock following practice for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit on October 11, 2013
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