Fernando Alonso has said that his main target in Monaco is now beating championship rivals Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen after qualifying in sixth.
Alonso previously expressed his confidence of winning the race but realigned his ambitions after setting the sixth fastest time.
“Unfortunately, today did not go as we had hoped, even if we tried our very best,” he said.
“We weren’t as competitive as in the first two free practice sessions on Thursday, but I don’t think we can lay the blame for this step backwards on the cooler temperatures, because the conditions are the same for everyone.”
“There was less grip today and on the Softs, maybe we struggled a bit more this morning. I think it’s much simpler than that and we struggled to adapt our car to this very special track, so different to all the others. We usually go better in the race, but it’s a different story here because it’s almost impossible to overtake.”
“This is a race where anything can happen, and we need to be very careful at the start to avoid ending up stuck in a pack. Fortunately, the Mercedes are on the front so that my closest rivals in the classification are not too far, with Kimi starting next to me and Vettel just one row ahead. Let’s hope I can pass both of them so that they can’t pull further away in the championship.”