Alonso: McLaren braced for midfield battle

By on Friday, June 5, 2015
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Fernando Alonso says that McLaren is likely to qualify in the mid-pack at the Canadian Grand Prix and doubts that huge gains in positions can be made this weekend.

Alonso was 15th fastest in the second session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and is aware that the characteristics of the track do not play to McLaren's current strengths.

"The rain didn’t affect too much our FP2 programme today, as we could go through most of it in the first part of the session," he said.

"Overall, then, it’s been an interesting Friday. We tried several things in FP1, all of which seemed to work as we’d expected. So far I am happy with the balance of the car, and with the power delivered here, but the features of this track don’t suit our package too well.

"We’re still several tenths behind to where we want to be. Position-wise, we need to take a step forward, but that’s going to be difficult to accomplish here.

"In tomorrow’s qualifying session we therefore expect to end up somewhere in the midfield."

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