Formula One is a team sport in which results on the track represent countless hours of preparation and execution from thousands of personnel striving towards a single goal – Victory.
Here, Button and Alonso talk to Mobil 1 about the motivation that fuels the McLaren team as a whole:
Learning of the mutual respect and symbiosis between the McLaren drivers regarding set-up and data sharing is an example of a calculated attitude that will only allow the team to progress at a quicker rate. Without this approach, McLaren may have missed out on making yet another progressive step forward this year in their pursuit of fighting for victories in Formula One again.
It will be important for the team to finish 2016 with a strong showing, the objective will be to get both cars into the points for the checkered flag.
Ahead of the season finale at Yas Marina circuit, Racing Director Eric Boullier said,
“The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, for McLaren-Honda, cements a very positive year, where we have overcome challenges, fought hard, pushed relentlessly and seen firm progression in every area. As I always say, we aren’t where we want to be, of course, but we’re fighting fit and looking ahead to a strong winter of further development.
I’m incredibly proud of how far we’ve come in three short years – two on the track – and indebted to the incredible commitment, steadfast loyalty and unwavering support demonstrated by our team members in the UK and Japan, our Partners, and our amazing fans.
We approach this weekend with positivity, but the awareness that it will be a challenging grand prix on a track that is complex in character and offers a set of unique parameters within which to set up the car. With qualifying and the race taking place in very different conditions from the earlier part of the weekend, setting up the car for all eventualities is tricky but is also what makes this venue so unique, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle for fans at the end of a long season.
The Yas Marina circuit and its ever-impressive facilities provide a stunning setting in which to go racing for the final time in 2016, and I hope we can finish the season on a high – for Jenson, the team and our fans across the world.”
– Eric Boullier