Fernando Alonso used the summer break not only to relax but also to reflect on the first half of the season and the progress his team has made. He believes McLaren is getting stronger and stronger and because of that is looking forward to getting into the car again.
The Spaniard thinks Spa-Francorchamps is the perfect venue to come to after the summer break and is confident McLaren can keep up to his rivals this weekend. "Spa is an incredible circuit that definitely deserves its reputation as a legendary place to go racing.
“You have to have a strong package there, in terms of performance and reliability. More than 70 per cent of the lap is spent at full throttle, which will be a challenge in itself, but we’ve shown over the past few races that even on the circuits that statistically should be difficult for us, we’ve worked hard and surprised ourselves with our level of performance relative to our competitors.”
McLaren is now seventh in the Constructors’ Standings but is still able to catch up Toro Rosso, that has an advantage of only three points. Spa-Francorchamps presents with the first opportunity for Alonso to collect more points.
“It’s a long lap, with two very high-speed sections and a twistier section, so we have to find the right balance between the two to get the best car set-up. We’re seeing good correlation between the data back at base and in the car on track, so I hope we can continue our momentum and get the maximum out of the weekend.
“This circuit is always a tough challenge for car and driver but if we can pull all the elements together we can enjoy a positive weekend. It won’t be an easy race, but as always we’ll be pushing for points as hard as we can.”