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Honda to shift focus back to power ahead of Canada

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Honda is prepared to shift its attention back to finding more power after McLaren recorded its first points of the 2015 season at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Jenson Button finished eighth in Monaco and should have been joined in the top ten by Fernando Alonso but the Spaniard retired from the race with overheating issues. McLaren's performance was helped by the Monaco circuit, which places less emphasis on power, with Honda's focus on driveability ahead of the race proving crucial.

However, with the upcoming races in Canada, Austria and Great Britain all on circuits which shift the focus back to power, Honda chief Yasuhisa Arai has no doubt what the main area of improvement needs to be.

"Please give me the power!" Arai joked to journalists in Monaco. "If you have any idea, I will accept."

He added: "I feel that we have started, finally. That is my feeling. Every race is step by step. I hope that the next races there is more progress to finally catch the good places, go to the podium. That is what I wish and maybe we can. We made very appropriate driveability for the special Monaco race track, because horsepower is not so important, wide open throttle, it is using partial throttle so it is very sensitive area and we made very good driveability for Jenson and Fernando. They had a good feeling."

Arai does not think it will be necessary to spend any engine development tokens ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix to achieve the desired power boost.

"Canada is a power circuit so needs more power. But also it's one of the heavy stopping circuits, so braking and energy recovery systems are very important, also we have to have more good driveability. I know that we need more power, but it is not so easy to get that. So it is how to deliver the MGU-K power for that kind of high-speed circuit ... We will think about it after this race [Monaco]."

Speaking about when the manufacturer will spend any of the nine tokens it has available, he said: "We don't have any plan yet, we haven't decided when we use the tokens. It depends on our strategy. We will discuss with McLaren and decide which race."