McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso looks forward to driving the demanding Suzuka circuit, with is unforgiving corners and fast flowing nature.
“Like me, many drivers love going back to Suzuka every year and it’s easy to see why.” said Alonso. “It’s a classic ‘drivers’ circuit’ and its configuration is unusual, demanding and very unforgiving, so putting together a good lap is really satisfying, and all these characteristics make it really popular with both drivers and fans.”
Alonso has been in a good vein of form and hopes at the home race of their engine supplier Honda that he can continue his points scoring form.
“I hope we can start the weekend on a positive note and keep pushing forward – we’ve maximised our package well over the past few races and it would be fantastic to finish in the points again at the team’s second home race.”
Japan is always challenging for the teams and drivers alike with the unpredictability of the weather. Alonso praised the support from the Japanese fans that make the experience extra special.
“Japan is an incredible place and a country I always love visiting. The support we receive is phenomenal and makes the whole experience even more special. I love the people, the food and the culture, and our few days there for the Japanese Grand Prix are something I look forward to each year.”