Alonso: Expectations high after Russia points

By on Sunday, May 1, 2016
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

Fernando Alonso says McLaren has high expectations for the upcoming two Grands Prix in Spain and Monaco after he ended his barren spell with sixth place in Russia.

Alonso made progress on the opening lap before profiting when Max Verstappen retired to claim sixth spot overall, his first points since Hungary last year.

Alonso's points, allied to Jenson Button's 10th place finish, lifted McLaren into seventh in the championship and the Spaniard is optimistic that further gains can be made when the sport returns to Europe.

"We have been lucky with the situation in the second corner," Alonso said, referring to the incident which compromised several drivers.

"We recovered some places but after that we saw that after a good start we could retain the position, we had the pace, fifth fastest lap I think, sixth overall, the car keeps growing and today we had pace, to be in the points regularly should be the aim now.

"The car felt good, obviously we were saving so much fuel, at one point I said I would do one quick lap to wake up a bit!

"The potential is there, circuits coming now will suit our car better, high expectations for those and hopefully we execute those weekends and maximise the points."

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