Spanish GP: Fernando Alonso happy with McLaren improvements after qualifying eighth

  • Spanish GP: Fernando Alonso happy with McLaren improvements after qualifying eighth

Spanish GP: Fernando Alonso happy with McLaren improvements after qualifying eighth

"[I'm] definitely happy with the step forward for this race", Alonso said.

"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. However, while not yet a cause for celebration, eighth and 11th positions on an aerodynamically-challenging track such as this mark our best qualifying session of the season so far, and is certainly the step forward we were hoping for on track to correlate with the evidence we saw in simulation.

"Definitely we are not in the position we wanted or expected", Fernando Alonso admitted on Thursday.

Reliability issues during pre-season testing limited McLaren's running and left the team needing to make modifications to its auto ahead of the opening race in Australia. At least the positive note is that everything we brought for the vehicle works as expected.

Fernando Alonso declared himself happy with the progress McLaren have made with their auto updates after securing their best qualifying result of the season at the Spanish GP.

"The downside of this position is probably still the gap, with the top six - they are in another league and we need to keep chasing and closing that gap race after race". The feeling was positive in the auto, and we ended up very close to Q3 - Fernando just made it - which shows the parts we've brought here are working well.

"This package is making me happy".

The Spaniard is known for bringing the McLaren through the field on a Sunday, and is one of only three drivers to have scored points in all four races this campaign. "The correlation with the factory so we just need more new parts as soon as possible". Alonso, who skipped last year's Monaco Grand Prix to race the Indy 500, triumphed at the Six Hours of Spa last weekend to record his first race victory since 2013.

"Every year we come here and it gets bigger and bigger and the people are excited no matter what".

"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". They expect you to win and to deliver the result.