Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Spanish GP: Fernando Alonso happy with McLaren improvements after qualifying eighth

Spanish GP: Fernando Alonso happy with McLaren improvements after qualifying eighth

Pre-season testing was not as straightforward as McLaren would have liked and its problems had a effect on the development on the auto.

"He added: "[I'm] definitely happy with the step forward for this race.

"I'm happy with that". Everything that we bring to the track is delivering the expectations and the lap times that we were expecting from them.

Fernando Alonso expressed his dismay at the performance gap between himself and the top three teams in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. The feeling was positive in the vehicle, and we ended up very close to Q3 - Fernando just made it - which shows the parts we've brought here are working well. Probably the downside of this is still the gap. "They are in another league and we need to keep chasing and closing that gap race after race", Alonso said.

Also hoping McLaren can improve with its "B" vehicle this weekend is Alonso's teammate, Stoffel Vandoorne. "We must make sure we don't make any mistakes, and then I think we can be in a position to benefit and get some points". This vehicle was supposed to be the Australian GP package but we have brought it here to Spain.

"This vehicle, let's say, was supposed to be the Australian Grand Prix package not here at the Spanish Grand Prix".

"Conditions out there have been tricky all weekend with a lot of cars going off, so tomorrow we need to be sharp. We did score points in every single race and we are fourth in the constructors' championship".

"The biggest thing here is how predictable everything is", said Alonso, who is dovetailing his F1 commitments with six World Endurance Championship events.

Alonso is combining Formula One with the World Endurance "super season", the Le Mans 24 Hours race this year and next, and was in the winning Toyota at last Saturday's Six Hours of Spa.

"Definitely we are not in the position we wanted or expected", Fernando Alonso admitted on Thursday.

"Always I come here and it seems it is bigger and bigger, people still as excited as every other year".

Jenson Button says it will "take a while" for the McLaren F1 Team to break into the upper echelons of the Formula 1 grid, although they have made a positive start to their 2018 campaign, their first since linking up with Renault Sport as an engine supplier. Watch the Spanish GP exclusively live on Sky Sports F1 on Sunday.

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