Alonso 'Sad' at Current State of F1

Angelica Greene
May 13, 2018

But despite being happy that the team's new parts had helped him into the top ten, Alonso reiterated that McLaren couldn't afford to ease up on development.

"Hopefully tomorrow we'll put on a good show for all the fans". That work pushed back the introduction of a number of new parts, but in Barcelona McLaren ran with a radically updated nose and bargeboard assembly, and Brown said that the early signs are encouraging.

Team boss Zak Brown says Alonso has never been happier with an F1 team but has yet to persuade the Spaniard to commit his long-term future to F1 - and McLaren. "Definitely P8 is a good position". "I'm happy with the performance of the vehicle, it is better and quicker".

"We will be the only vehicle in the top ten to start on supersofts". At least the positive note is that everything we brought for the vehicle works as expected. Probably the downside of this position is still the gap. "The top six are in another league", he told Sky Sports.

Brown has also given his backing to Stoffel Vandoorne despite a hard start to 2018 for the Belgian in which he has failed to out-qualify Alonso for any of the five races. "At the same time, I think it has been a very positive start to the season".

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"This auto, let's say, was supposed to be the Australian Grand Prix package not here at the Spanish Grand Prix". In another way, this auto 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.

Alonso is the only driver in the top 10 who will start with supersoft tyres, having set his fastest time in Q2 with them.

"Definitely felt good. It felt a long time not being on the podium and it has been a good preparation", said Alonso, who will also compete in next month's 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he said victory would mean more than a home triumph this weekend.

"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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