Fernando Alonso has set his sights on getting back into the points for this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix as he looks to consolidate his top ten in the overall standings.
The Spaniard is currently tenth with two races of the 2016 season remaining, but only one point ahead of Felipe Massa coming to his rival's home event in Brazil.
Following a point-less weekend last time out in Mexico, Alonso is optimistic McLaren-Honda will be more competitive at Interlagos.
“Sitting on the grid ahead of the race is one of those unique Formula 1 sensations: the crowd seems to loom over you; really in your face, very close. The atmosphere and intensity are always amazing.
“After a disappointing weekend in Mexico, I think we'll be looking to bounce back in Brazil. One of our aims will be to make the most of practice and qualifying, and give ourselves the best chance of maintaining a better position during the race.”
A year on from Alonso inadvertently going viral with his own meme #PlacesAlonsoWouldRatherBe after choosing to 'sunbathe' on a deckchair at the side of the track when his McLaren-Honda suffered another technical issue, Yusuke Hasegawa is hoping this year's event makes headlines for the right reasons.
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“The Brazilian Grand Prix is always a special place for Honda 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. The track is also narrow, and the infield section is slow and twisty, so overtaking is always going to be difficult.
“Last year, we made more noise in qualifying with Fernando on social media than we did on the track. 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.”
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