Alonso confident of strong Monaco showing

By on Monday, May 23, 2016
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

Fernando Alonso is confident that the nature of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix will play to the strenghts of McLaren-Honda, as the outfit targets another top 10 finish.

McLaren has scored points in three of this year's five races, while last year Jenson Button secured the outfit's first points of its reunion campaign with Honda around the streets of Monte Carlo.

The nature of the circuit minimises the impact of the power unit and Alonso is thus optimistic that McLaren can profit this weekend.

"I’m optimistic that we can dial-in our car to suit the track because we have a very well-balanced chassis, so it will be interesting to see how we measure up when the circuit’s characteristics are more likely to play to our strengths," he said.

"The most obvious characteristic of the Monaco circuit is that qualifying is probably more important there than at any other track.

"Getting through to Q3 in Barcelona for the first time since the McLaren-Honda partnership was reunited was definitely a boost for the team, so our aim, of course, will be to replicate that to give ourselves the best possible chance in Monaco.

"Monaco is a very demanding race, so reliability and strategy will be key in order to maximise the potential in our chassis and power unit at this circuit.

"After a disappointing result in the race in Spain, I’m pleased to see that our work completed at the test was encouraging, so I hope that can translate to a positive performance for the whole team."

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