Fernando Alonso won the last Grand Prix of Azerbaijan the first two points for McLaren-Honda that, however, is still installed in the last position in the constructors ‘ championship.
At least the team continues to show that, when reliability allows, the MCL32 is competitive and deserves to play in the greater part of the race, something the Spanish driver allows you to be optimistic. “I Really enjoyed Baku. Our performance in the race not only showed that the fundamentals of our cars are strong, but that our operating -mechanics, engineers and strategists – they are all competitors and are willing to take advantage of any circumstance”.
Get the points was something most important from the symbolic aspect from the sport, but Fernando Alonso expected to serve to allow the team to continue burning stages. “Two points are a small consolation after a weekend extremely hard, but as I said at the time, the pick and will use it to continue to move forward”.
There are reasons to be more optimistic about our weekend in Austria
In Austria, Jenson Button achieved a brilliant sixth place last year after qualifying fifth, but Fernando Alonso was adversely affected by mechanical problems. However, it became clear that with a deficit of power they can shine in Austria and the spaniard hopes to repeat something similar this year. “There are reasons to be more optimistic about our weekend in Austria. Is a circuit not as dependent on power as in the last few races and I think our car is best suited to the twists and curves of the circuit of Spielberg. I think that we will have the opportunity to press”.
in Addition, both Alonso and his teammate will have the latest evolution of the Honda engine which worked as expected in Baku, so the car should have two or three tenths additional thanks to the power gain. “we Also took some useful steps with the car, including the specification for three of the thruster unit of the revised Honda engine, which I tried during the free practice on Friday in Azerbaijan. Each step is important, so I look forward to a positive weekend in which we can extract the maximum from the car once more”.
Stoffel Vandoorne is having a first half of the season much more complicated than expected.
Stoffel Vandoorne, for their part, need to finish off once and for all, a good weekend to ward off the criticism, being the circuit of the austrian an ideal place on the paper. “I’m looking forward to getting to Austria is a small, but great circuit, which generally allows for good overtaking, competition closed, and unexpected results. Should also be tailored to our set a bit better than Canada and Baku, where the long straights do not play to our favor”.
The points of Azerbaijan gave impetus to McLaren, but the belgian driver needs a weekend without any reliability problems so that all of the new features introduced in the car during the last races can be exploited to the maximum in the competition. “to Score points in the last race was very good for the motivation and the morale of the team, I hope we have the opportunity to make more progress in Austria. We have been bringing new developments to each race, so a weekend free of problems in a circuit that is not a handicap, really allow us to shine”.