Alonso: Top teams still in "another league" to McLaren

Jo Caldwell
May 12, 2018

This enabled him to break into the 1m17s bracket to qualify eighth, confirming the team's best qualifying performance of the season so far.

Talking ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix, he suggested he was feeling the strain of his efforts to combine racing in different series.

"I'm happy with that, definitely P8 is a good position", said the two-time world champion.

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McLaren has never hidden the fact that its aim for 2018 was to top the midfield and close the gap on the top three teams.

Fernando Alonso declared himself happy with the progress McLaren have made with their auto updates after securing their best qualifying result of the season at the Spanish GP. In another way, this auto is supposed to be the Australian Grand Prix package and that delay on bringing the first improvements and having them not in the first race, having them here, probably put us in a hard position in the first couple of races. Maybe there'll be some rain around, and that could be very interesting. "Everything we brought to the track has delivered on its expectation". The tyre selection was not an easy one to decide. "The correlation with the factory so we just need more new parts as soon as possible".

He added: "Probably the downside of this position is still the gap, with the top six, they are in another league". As I said, I think the start has been not too bad, in terms of results especially and the number of points.

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"Definitely we are not in the position we wanted or expected", Fernando Alonso admitted on Thursday. We are the only team completing the full four races with both cars. "It is important to put on a good show".

But Button says McLaren will feel they have not made the step forward they had hoped for, mainly due to their expression that they had the best chassis last year, only to fall short this year despite having a supposedly better engine supplier after their departure from Honda. "We can put on a paper now what will be the qualifying here on Saturday, what will be in Monaco, in Canada and in Silverstone, so that's something you need to take into account for future decisions". They reset whatever happened in the first couple of races and they come here and expect you to win and deliver the result. "Let's see what we can do from there". The primary objectives are to race cleanly in this tight midfield pack, stay out of trouble and optimise our strategy to ensure we maximise our chance to bring home more points.

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