Spanish Grand Prix – McLaren’s Fernando Alonso took a heroic P7 on Saturday, and says that qualifying so high up wasn’t on his agenda earlier in the weekend.
“Today is one of those days where everything goes right and everything is meeting and exceeding expectations. I’m definitely happy, surprisingly happy, after how our weekend started yesterday, and our qualifying results so far this season. P7 was not something we were even thinking about.” said the beaming Spaniard after making it into Q3 for the first time this season.
Friday started disastrously for the home hero, having broken down in FP1 with another Honda power unit issue. While reliability appears to continue to be a major problem for the team, they are able to unlock speed on occasion, if only in the hands of Fernando Alonso this weekend.
“Even if yesterday we didn’t do much running, the car performed quite well and the upgrades were working fine. Today we put everything together, I felt confident in the car – in spite of quite windy and tricky conditions – and I need that confidence to push and gain those couple of tenths in quali.
“All the support I get from the people here in Spain always gives me extra motivation, so the extra tenths today were because of them.
“I’m so happy for the team because these guys work so hard. Being on the grid tomorrow among the cars that we should always be fighting with to get to the top positions will be a boost for all the guys.
“But, the race is tomorrow, and that’s when the points will be given out. We need to try to maintain this position as much as possible with a good strategy executed well, and a good start of course.”