Fernando Alonso believes the nature of the Marina Bay Street Circuit can help McLaren post a strong finish this weekend in Singapore.
2017 has been another tough year for the Woking-outfit, with only two points finishes to their names in a season that has been plagued by yet more reliability concerns.
With the European part of the year now over, they can concentrate on some of the circuits that could better suite their MCL32, starting this week in Singapore.
While the likes of Spa and Monza require power, Marina Bay’s more intricate layout means better handling can prevail and the high downforce provided by their car can help McLaren navigate one of the more rugged circuits on the calendar.
Alonso, who is a full 501.00 to win over the weekend, believes the team must put their recent deficiencies behind them and is confident that they can expect better things in the upcoming races.
He said: “We’ve now put the European season behind us and we turn our attention to the fly-aways which signal the final chapter of the season.
Singapore is a great place to start, as it’s one of the circuits on the calendar that suits our package better than others, and gives us a real chance for a more positive result.”
“It’s tough – hot and humid, and hard on the cars and drivers, It’s really fun though: bumpy, tight and challenging, but exhilarating when you get it right.
You need a car with good traction on the slower corners and a high downforce set-up, so we definitely have a better chance there. We just need to make sure we also have the reliability.”