Fernando Alonso and McLaren F1 happy with qualifying results in Barcelona

Irene MckinneyMay 13, 2018

The two-time world champion qualified eighth in his Renault-powered McLaren for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix - but wound up more than 1.5 seconds off the record-breaking pace set by pole-sitter and championship leader Lewis Hamilton.

Montmelo: Fernando Alonso appeared to cast doubt over his future in Formula I, calling it "demanding" and insisting the current direction of the sport is "sad". P13 in the last three qualifying (sessions) so it's definitely a step forward.

"I'm happy with this step forward".

Yet the year began with McLaren not as close to the front-runners as it had hoped for, and it found itself in the middle of the pack fighting with several other teams just to be the best of the rest. In another way, this vehicle is supposed to be the Australian Grand Prix package and that delay on bringing the first improvements and having them not in the first race, having them here, probably put us in a hard position in the first couple of races. "They are in another league and we need to keep chasing and closing that gap race after race", Alonso said.

Regardless of Alonso's lack of competitiveness, not just this year but over multiple seasons, he is still held in incredibly high esteem by his Spanish supporters. "We must make sure we don't make any mistakes, and then I think we can be in a position to benefit and get some points". "In another way, this auto, is supposed to be the Australian Grand Prix package", he told Sky.

"That delay on the first improvement and not having it in the first race probably put us in a hard position in the first couple of races".

"Normally Spain brings a lot of updates for all the teams, some of them work better some of them need a little bit more time, so hopefully we can benefit a little bit from that as well", he said.

Alonso arrives in Barcelona sixth in the Drivers' Championship after finishing in the points in each of the opening four races, helping McLaren to their best start to a season since 2014.

"I have to start with the reds because I did Q2 with the reds, but if it rains tomorrow we'll all start with intermediates or wets and everything that happened today doesn't count much".

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