Sam Michael says it will be "interesting" to see how the Hungarian stewards police drivers running off the track during Saturday's qualifying.
Last time out in Germany, off-track excursions created headlines when Sebastian Vettel was penalised for passing Jenson Button with all four wheels off the track.
However, whether the FIA will take such a hardline approach should a driver gain an advantage in qualifying at the Hungaroring remains to be seen.
"Maybe people are focusing on it more considering what happened at the last race, but there are at least four places here where you can (run) off," the McLaren sporting director told Autosport.
"So it will be interesting to see how strict that will be applied, especially during qualifying.
"In days gone by there was gravel, and then we went through a process of 'grasscrete' that was very slippery, and now it is just concrete - which does actually have grip.
He added: "They have to police it, because you have the track defined. You have to stick to the track.
"But the issue is, should the surface off the track have so much grip? That is the bigger issue, because you want to have a surface that allows you to survive and get back on track, but definitely you don't want a surface that allows you to take advantage."