Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

'Happy' Fernando Alonso hoping to benefit from potentially chaotic wet race

'Happy' Fernando Alonso hoping to benefit from potentially chaotic wet race

"We can put on a paper now what will be the qualifying here on Saturday, what will be in Monaco, in Canada and in Silverstone, so that's something you need to take into account for future decisions".

Pre-season testing was not as straightforward as McLaren would have liked and its problems had a effect on the development on the vehicle.

"I'm happy with this step forward".

"They've made good steps, they're fourth in the constructors' standings, but because of what they said at the start of the year you say maybe it's not what we expected".

When's the Spanish GP on Sky? "The correlation with the factory so we just need more new parts as soon as possible".

Also hoping McLaren can improve with its "B" auto this weekend is Alonso's teammate, Stoffel Vandoorne.


The Spaniard narrowly missed out on being the "best of the rest", qualifying just behind Kevin Magnussen's Haas.

Alonso challenged McLaren to push their development further to bring fresh parts to each race in an attempt to close the gap to the "big three" teams. Probably the downside of this position is still the gap. So that delay in bringing the first improvement, and not having it at the first race but here, probably put us in a hard position in the first couple of races. "I think it's two different series and two different worlds", said the driver. "In another way, this auto, is supposed to be the Australian Grand Prix package", he told Sky.

"Conditions out there have been tricky all weekend with a lot of cars going off, so tomorrow we need to be sharp".

"This package is making me happy, but in another way, this vehicle, is supposed to be the Australian Grand Prix package - that delay, on the first improvement, and not having it at the first races, but having it here, has probably put us in a hard position in the first races".

"Still a long way to go for us, but at the same time we were here a year ago with zero points", two-time world champion Alonso said.

"I recover I think on average six places per grand prix so if we do that tomorrow, I'll be quite happy", he joked. They reset what has happened in the first races and they come here and they expect you to win and deliver the result. We've had good race pace and we need to fight to get ourselves in a good position in order to benefit from other people's mistakes.

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