Honda’s Yusuke Hasegawa: “We hope that we can continue our positive momentum”


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Yusuke Hasegawa is excited to start the second half of the 2016 Formula 1 season at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

Before the three-week break, McLaren-Honda finished a challenging German Grand Prix with Jenson Button finishing in eighth while Fernando Alonso in twelfth, with both drivers suffering throughout the Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring with tyre degradation.

The Executive Chief Engineer for McLaren believes the Belgian Grand Prix will be a challenging weekend for the Woking-based outfit, and the team’s main aim is to continue their positive momentum they created before the summer shutdown.

“After a hard-earned summer break,” said Hasegawa. “It’s exciting to start the latter half of the season at such a magnificent track as Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

“This track is as beautiful as it is challenging – probably one of the most challenging circuits on the current F1 calendar. The steep uphill of Eau Rouge to Raidillon, and the fast technical downhill to Stavelot will especially require the ultimate combination of power, car balance and driver performance.

“Though the long and power-hungry nature of Spa won’t suit us. Our target for the remainder of the season is clear: to aim for championship points and take further steps forward with each race. We hope that we can continue our positive momentum that we had before the summer shutdown and look to another strong weekend in Spa.”