Fernando Alonso hopes McLaren can capitalise on one in every of its “greatest alternatives” of the Formulation 1 season to battle within the midfield at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest.
McLaren has been left scrambling in the back of the grid for a lot of the season thus far, hamstrung by points with its Honda energy unit.
The workforce has only one factors end below its belt in 2017 – Alonso’s run to P9 in Baku – leaving it on the foot of the constructors’ championship with half the season full.
Alonso heads into this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix with excessive hopes due to the tight and twisting nature of the Hungaroring circuit that ought to play to the strengths of the McLaren MCL32 automobile.
“On paper, the Hungaroring presents top-of-the-line alternatives for us this 12 months. The brief, twisty circuit means we’re much less reliant on outright energy, and the drivers have to actually rely on the capabilities of the chassis to get the perfect out of the lap,” Alonso stated.
“I all the time like returning to Budapest – we get to remain within the centre with nice views of the river, and you’re feeling such as you’re actually a part of the town all weekend. The temperatures are excessive and it is a testing weekend for the groups and drivers – particularly for the reason that summer season break is so shut, however an excellent end result generally is a nice increase for everybody going into the shutdown interval.
“The essential factor for us, as all the time, is reliability. Even when our automobile might carry out higher in Hungary, we have to have a trouble-free weekend to reap the benefits of each alternative for factors.
“We made some huge selections in Silverstone by way of taking grid penalties in preparation for this race, and hope that is paid off so we are able to put ourselves in the very best place for factors this weekend.”