Alonso optimistic over return to points

By on Monday, May 18, 2015
McLaren Honda

McLaren Honda

Fernando Alonso is optimistic that McLaren can challenge for points at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.

Alonso progressed through to Q2 in Spain but retired from the race when a visor tear-off damaged his brakes, while team-mate Jenson Button had a difficult run to 16th position.

McLaren has yet to score a point since it reunited with Honda at the start of 2015, but Alonso is hopeful that the Woking-based squad can compete for the top 10 around the streets of Monte Carlo.

"Monaco is one of those circuits that’s in its own league," he said. "Although it’s almost impossible to overtake there, it still produces one of the most impressive and exciting shows on the Formula 1 calendar.

"As a circuit and as a place, it’s completely unique, and this is what makes it so special. There are three areas you have to focus on for this Grand Prix – qualifying, concentration, and strategy.

"Saturday is where you can increase your chances of getting a good result from the weekend, so this will be our first objective, and I’m hopeful we can continue to strengthen our qualifying performance and improve our starting position.

"On Sunday, the most important thing is concentration – the streets are so narrow and twisty that there is no margin for error – so if you can do this and also maximise your strategy, you have the best chance of moving up the order by the end of the race.

"My home race in Barcelona was obviously a frustrating weekend for the whole team; we were unlucky with how my race ended and we firmly believed we could’ve achieved a positive result there.

"Our fighting spirit is still strong though, and we’re determined to take that to Monaco and see how much progress we can make there. I’m hopeful our car will perform better there than in Spain, and we’ll be pushing again to get into the points."

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