McLaren-Honda keen to show progress in Mexico

Date published: October 26 2016

After a disappointing race last year in Mexico, Honda Chief Yusuke Hasegawa is hoping to show that they have vastly improved at this year’s edition.

Having already accumulated 74 points in 2016 with three races remaining, compared to their 27-points last season, duo Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso have been regular feature in the points, something Hasegawa is proud of.

Looking ahead to this weekend’s race, the Honda boss is eager to show the Formula 1 world that they have been improved since last year and are hoping to continue their momentum from the double-points finish Woking-based outfit enjoyed in America.

“The circuit is located at the high altitude of 2,200m, which means that the oxygen in the air is very lean, and the turbocharger must work extra hard to force air into the power unit,” he explained.

“As a result, the quality and the efficiency of the turbo will be the key factor in the Mexican Grand Prix.

“At the same time, this track has a very long straight, so we need to consider the power effect while matching the power unit to the chassis.

“We had a very difficult race here last year, but we would like to maintain the good momentum gained in Austin, and also show our technological progress throughout this season.

“We are hopeful that we can once again target points in the race.”