Fernando Alonso is determined to end 2015 on a positive note after what has been a “challenging” first season back with McLaren.
This weekend Formula 1 heads to the Yas Marina circuit for the 19th and final race on the 2015 calendar.
Abu Dahbi marks the end of a trying season for McLaren and Honda in which they have been short on both pace and reliability.
But despite conceding that it has been a “challenging” season for the team, Alonso reckons they have learned valuable lessons that they can put towards 2016.
“The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend represents many things for us at McLaren-Honda,” he said.
“The end of a challenging season and a significant learning curve; the opportunity to collect as much information as possible and continue our learning; and the start of the winter period where we are all focussed on working incredibly hard on next year’s package, and seeing more progress and results from our efforts throughout this year.
“After a few difficult weekends, we will of course be pushing hard to finish the year on a positive note, but the whole team knows the work we have to do over the winter, and there’s huge commitment from everyone already to start seeing results.
“Every session this weekend will be an opportunity to learn more and take that development into next year’s car, so as usual we will continue fighting as hard as we can to the end.”
As for his team-mate Jenson Button, the Brit is hoping to end his campaign with a top-ten showing that would be a reward for all the hard work that has gone into this year’s championship.
“It’s testament to the strength of our team that we continue to come out fighting every race weekend, and Abu Dhabi will be exactly the same.
“Yas Marina is a tricky circuit with lots of different elements coming together: sweeping faster sections, two long back straights, and a slower-speed tight, twisty infield section at the end of the lap.
“It makes set-up a challenge and particularly for our package it’s not well suited, but we’re hopeful of a more positive performance there than we found at Interlagos.
“If we can push for some points in Abu Dhabi, it’ll definitely be a boost for the team to end the season, and will reward all the efforts from every single member of the team over the past year.”