McLaren pair eye points from mid-grid

By on Saturday, July 30, 2016
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McLaren pair Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso remain confident that they can edge into the points-paying positions in Germany despite both being eliminated during Q2 on Saturday.

Button recorded the 12th quickest time in the MP4-31 while Alonso drifted wide at Turn 12 and was left down in 14th spot, though will move up to 13th following a grid penalty for Carlos Sainz Jr.

"12th position is reasonable, and it’s always nice to be in front of your team-mate, but we’re still not quite there yet with the balance of the car," he said.

"Even if we’d got everything together and beaten Williams today, getting into the top 10 was always going to be tricky.

"There’s a possibility that we’ll get into the points tomorrow.

"The race should be pretty interesting; the start and the strategy will be important, so I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do."

Alonso is hopeful of adding to his points tally, after recording seventh position in Hungary.

"We have plenty of new tyres remaining, which will give us an advantage at the start and allow us to be a little more creative with strategy," he said.

2It’s going to be tough tomorrow, but hopefully we can recover some positions because points are a real possibility."

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