Alonso: Abu Dhabi will be 'trickier' than Brazil
21 November 2017 – Fernando Alonso expects this weekend's season finale in Abu Dhabi to be "trickier" for McLaren-Honda than the previous round in Brazil, where he scored points.
Alonso recorded back-to-back points finishes in Mexico City and Interlagos, splitting Mercedes-powered Felipe Massa and Sergio Pérez at the latter, after a close battle.
However, Alonso reckons the layout of the Yas Marina Circuit, which features two lengthy straights, will expose the team's package once more.
"Yas Marina Circuit is a trickier one for us than Brazil," said Alonso.
"We had an unexpectedly good result at Interlagos, but we're anticipating a tougher challenge in Abu Dhabi.
"Of course, the whole team wants to finish the season on a high, so we're working hard to extract every last bit of performance out of the MCL32.
"Qualifying is crucial on this track because overtaking is tricky, so it's important we get the set-up right as early as we can in the weekend."
McLaren chief Eric Boullier is keen for a standout result in what will mark McLaren-Honda's final race as a partnership, after three tough seasons.
"I know I can speak for the whole team when I say that each and every one of us embarks on our final Grand Prix weekend as McLaren-Honda in Abu Dhabi with both optimism and respect," he said.
"Every single person has worked incredibly hard over the past three years and remained committed through the highs and lows we've experienced together until the very last race.
"All of us will go into the weekend with exactly the same aim – to work hard and do everything we can to finish the season positively."