Alonso labels Q3 presence a 'nice surprise'

By on Saturday, June 11, 2016
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

Fernando Alonso says McLaren is performing "better than expected" at the Canadian Grand Prix as he progressed through to Q3 for the third successive race weekend.

Honda brought a new turbocharger to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Alonso was able to use the improvements to make it through into the top 10 shootout.

Team-mate Jenson Button locked up into L'Epingle on his final flying lap in Q2 and will start from 12th place.

"That was a nice surprise today – we’ll take it," Alonso said.

"I was definitely happy with that session – it can be a tricky circuit in these mixed conditions, and tomorrow will be tougher for us, but there’s potentially wet weather forecast for tomorrow, and maybe a bit of rain would help us.

"I’m very happy – we’ve done an amazing job with this car in the past 12 months and we’re now in a position that’s perhaps better even than we’d expected.

"So I have to say thanks to everyone in the team: we were only four-tenths behind Ferrari in Q2, and that should boost the belief and motivation of everyone in the McLaren and Honda factories.

"We’re ready to attack: we’re not fighting for the world championship, so we have nothing to lose. Definitely, it’ll be maximum attack tomorrow."

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