Alonso: Drivers can't afford Austria mistakes

By on Monday, June 27, 2016
McLaren Honda

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McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says the short nature of the Red Bull Ring, which plays host to this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, means drivers cannot afford to make mistakes.

The Red Bull Ring is the fourth shortest circuit on the current Formula 1 calendar, at 4.3km, and is composed of only nine corners.

Alonso, who was eliminated on the opening lap of last year's event, is wary of the need to avoid mistakes in order to secure a promising grid position.

"It’s a much shorter track than Baku, but it’s still very challenging because you cannot afford to make any mistakes," he explained.

"A lap takes less than 70 seconds which squeezes the grid closer together and there are only a few tenths of a second between rows."

Alonso, who retired from the European Grand Prix, is optimistic that McLaren's MP4-31 will be better suited to the Red Bull Ring, compared to the Baku City Circuit.

"To be fast you need good traction and efficient aero, which we have," he said.

"For that reason, I hope we can be more competitive than we were in Baku – and I hope to have a longer race than I did last year, which was over on the opening lap."

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