McLaren power unit supplier Honda is hopeful that it can demonstrate the progress it has made when the sport returns to Mexico this weekend.
During a difficult reunion campaign in 2015 the McLaren-Honda partnership struggled in particular at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, with Jenson Button only 14th and Fernando Alonso exiting on the first lap.
However, having amassed 74 points this season, compared to the 27 of 2015, Honda is optimistic that the partnership can compete for the top 10 in Mexico, a year after it endured a difficult event.
“The circuit is located at the high altitude of 2,200m, which means that the oxygen in the air is very lean, and the turbocharger must work extra hard to force air into the power unit,” said Honda chief Yusuke Hasegawa.
“As a result, the quality and the efficiency of the turbo will be the key factor in the Mexican Grand Prix.
“At the same time, this track has a very long straight, so we need to consider the power effect while matching the power unit to the chassis.
“We had a very difficult race here last year, but we would like to maintain the good momentum gained in Austin, and also show our technological progress throughout this season.
“We are hopeful that we can once again target points in the race.”