Fernando Alonso : It’s exciting to go back to Sochi, one of the newest racetracks we go to, which means there’s always a lot of anticipation. Last year’s grand prix was a fantastic event and it was good to bring Formula 1 to a completely new territory and race in front of a new group of excited fans. Suzuka was clearly a challenging race for us, but the support of the fans was incredible and we were still able to take some positives from it. We’re working hard on reliability and it was encouraging that we didn’t have any issues with the car all weekend. Sochi is a great track and the street circuit layout and tight, precise corners make it really enjoyable to drive. The two straights are long and high-speed which means it won’t be easy for us, but our car is very well balanced, so I hope we can have some good battles and make some good progress on track this weekend.
Jenson Button : Suzuka was a challenging race for us because of the nature of the track, but racing in Japan in front of Honda’s home crowd was an incredible experience and it really lifted everyone’s spirits. I’m really pleased that my plans for next year have been confirmed – I’m fully committed to this team and have strong faith in the incredibly hard work that’s going on behind the scenes in Woking and Sakura. We’ll keep our heads down and keep pushing hard to improve our car at every race weekend. In Sochi, I had one of my best results of the year last season, and really enjoyed driving on a new track. The surface has a lot of grip, so I’m looking forward to seeing how our tyres perform there. We’ll work closely with our guys on both sides of the garage to get the most out of every session and iron out some of the issues we had in Suzuka.