Warm welcome in Brazil will fuel McLaren Honda


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The McLaren Honda Formula 1 Team are hoping for a good weekend of racing in Brazil, with points the target for both drivers.

The Woking-based outfit had a disappointing Mexican Grand Prix, with both drivers failing to reach the points. Jenson Button finished ahead of team-mate Fernando Alonso in twelfth. Alonso never recovered from a first lap incident with Carlos Sainz Jr, ultimately losing positions as he started in eleventh.

Executive Chief Engineer for Honda, Yusuke Hasegawa confirms the team receive a warm welcome from the local fans. With this being the power that fuels them over the weekend.

“The Brazilian Grand Prix is always a special place for Honda,” said Hasegawa. “Due to our history with the great Ayrton Senna.

“We receive a warm welcome from the local fans every time we go there and that has always been the power that fuels us over the weekend. The classic track at Interlagos, however, is a challenging one.

“The swooping corners and the consecutive quick elevation changes make for beautiful scenery, but these turns ask a lot of the car balance.”

Last year, Alonso was left frustrated after he had to miss qualifying when his McLaren MP4-31 stopped on track, and Hasegawa is hoping for a better weekend of racing this time around.

“Last year, we made more noise in qualifying with Fernando on social media than we did on the track,” added Hasegawa.

“This year, we know that we can show our progress to our fans in Brazil with a better performance, and we’re hoping for a good weekend of racing.”