With Fernando Alonso securing McLaren-Honda’s highest ever finish with his P5 result and Jenson Button placing ninth, Honda’s head of F1 Yusuke Hasegawa was delighted at their recovery after their nightmare in Suzuka.
At their home Grand Prix in Japan, Alonso and Button both placed out outside the top 15, as the team called for a vast improvement in Austin, to which they responded with a competitive double points finish on Sunday.
With three races remaining in 2016, the Japanese boss is hoping to continue their momentum and close the season off strongly.
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“It was a good United States Grand Prix for us,” Hasegawa said.
“Before the start, it was extremely difficult for us to predict where we would be at the end of the race based on the qualifying results, but we knew that our race pace would be better and stable.
“Both of our drivers proved why they’re worthy world champions.
“It was good to see such strong driving and undying racing spirit from both. Fernando pushed hard until the last lap, enabling him to finish in P5 behind the Ferrari, and a brilliant push from Jenson saw him gain 10 places to finish in P9.
“A double points finish is a great result to bring momentum back to the team.”
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