Honda Method 1 chief Yusuke Hasegawa feels this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix will supply McLaren certainly one of its finest alternatives of the season given the diminished significance of energy unit efficiency across the confines of the Hungaroring.
McLaren presently finds itself backside of the F1 constructors’ championship with half of this 12 months’s races accomplished, as drivers Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne have been hamstrung by a scarcity of each reliability and energy from Honda’s energy unit.
The crew’s sole top-10 end of the 12 months got here in a topsy-turvy Azerbaijan Grand Prix, with its common standing within the pecking order being a way outdoors of the factors.
Nonetheless, Hasegawa has excessive hopes for Hungary after the progress Honda has made in current weeks and the larger significance of chassis efficiency, an space McLaren is robust in.
“Regardless of displaying improved competitiveness throughout the previous couple of races, we’re but to translate this into on-track outcomes. Having mentioned that, we’re happy with our present growth and we now head to Hungary feeling extra constructive in regards to the race weekend,” Hasegawa mentioned.
“The Hungaroring is a novel twisty circuit that ought to give us certainly one of our greatest alternatives this season. Although it isn’t a power-oriented observe, it nonetheless requires exact power administration all through each lap of the race. It is usually a observe the place overtaking is extraordinarily tough, so qualifying shall be enormously necessary for us.
“We all know we’re able to a superb end result on such a observe, so our goal is to succeed in Q3 and be in a superb place to attain factors within the race. Fernando claimed his first Method 1 victory on the Hungaroring, and Stoffel gained there in GP2 in 2014, so our vehicles are in glorious fingers.
“That is the final race earlier than the summer time shutdown when everybody within the McLaren-Honda crew will get a well-earned relaxation. Earlier than then, I hope we will construct a superb momentum in direction of the second half of the season with strong leads to Hungary.”