McLaren’s Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso are hopeful of a stronger showing at the Singapore Grand Prix due to the characteristics of the circuit better suiting their car.
The duo have suffered a difficult season so far, with just four points finishes between them in 12 races.
However Singapore has been talked up as their best opportunity to score ‘big points’, and that’s something both Button and Alonso are hoping for.
“There’s always a lot of anticipation in the build-up to this race, and for us it’s no different,” said the Briton. “We’ve had a couple of really challenging races, but we’ve said for a while that some of the circuits we go to towards the end of the season should be a bit better-suited to the stronger elements of our package.”
Whilst Button was quick to talk down their chances, he remains confident of a “positive weekend”.
“There’s no denying it’ll be hard work, and we aren’t expecting miracles overnight,” he added. “But, Singapore is a fantastic circuit, it’s one of the longest races of the season in terms of time, and we quite often we see a Safety Car there. So, anything can happen.
“We’re hoping to learn a lot about how our car works in this configuration, and take as many positives from the weekend as we can.”
His Spanish team-mate agreed: “I’ve won twice in Singapore and I love racing there, so with my engineers we’ll be focussing on setting up the car as best we can for this circuit as soon as we arrive.
“It’ll be interesting to see how our car responds to the high-downforce setup there and I hope we can have a more positive weekend.”