McLaren believe the Singapore Grand Prix will allow them to show their true potential as the circuit relies heavily on a good chassis and aerodynamics, rather than outright power.
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have both performed well at similar circuits this season, scoring the majority of the teams points at slower ‘stop-go’ style circuits like Russia, Monaco and Hungary.
With a recently upgraded Honda engine in use for this weekend’s race as well as further upgrades to the chassis, Eric Boullier expects the team to score well.
“As we begin the final set of fly-aways before the end of the season, we go to territories where we race at circuits that require a more technical car set-up, with less reliance on pure power,” he explained.
“Despite spending the next few weeks far away from the UK, our development push is still ongoing and we’re still working hard on achieving performance improvements right up to the end of the season.
“Although we weren’t in a points-paying position in Monza, we did see some promising performances throughout the weekend, so we’re hopeful of a greater chance to show what our package is truly capable of at the Singapore Grand Prix.”
Honda’s Yusuke Hasegawa is similarily confident and believes Alonso and Button can “shine” this weekend.
“The car set-up will need to change drastically to adjust the package from the fast-paced circuits of Spa and Monza, to Singapore’s twistier city circuit, so the team is already busy in preparation. Our car has good balance under braking, so the nature of the track should suit us more than the previous circuits,” he added.
“Honda will work to match the driveability of the power unit to suit the needs of the stop-and-go nature of the circuit, so that our drivers’ skills can shine throughout the weekend. We hope to be in a good position to score points and have a good race.”