McLaren Honda disappoints at second home in Japanese Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso put up a spirited battle at the Suzuka circuit to take the fight into the midfield, but was never in a position to challenge for points.

By: AP | Suzuka | Published:October 9, 2016 4:58 pm
Fernando Alonson, Alonso, Jenson Button, Button, Japanese Grand Prix, Japanese GP, McLaren Honda, Honda, McLaren, Formula One, F1, Sports news, Sports Fernando Alonso finished seventh in Malaysia and Jenson Button ninth. (Source: Reuters)

An underwhelming performance in the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday was a setback to a McLaren Honda team that was feeling upbeat after securing points in the previous race in Malaysia.

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso put up a spirited battle at the Suzuka circuit to take the fight into the midfield, but was never in a position to challenge for points. He eventually finished 15th.

Jenson Button started 22nd on the grid after the team elected to change his power unit components before the race, incurring a penalty. Starting so far back meant expectations were limited. Despite pulling off a couple of satisfying passing moves, he finished 18th.

Alonso finished seventh in Malaysia and Button ninth.

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