Fernando Alonso: “I want to deliver a performance on Sunday that justifies all our efforts”


Fernando Alonso on the grid. Credit: McLaren Media Centre

Fernando Alonso is no stranger to victory at Silverstone, however grabbing a win has been but a distant memory for the Spaniard throughout the last two seasons with McLaren-Honda. However, strong performances are starting to creep into reality for the Woking based squad, and the double world champion is hoping the improvements can continue at the 2016 British Grand Prix on Sunday.

Silverstone has always been a special track for Alonso, and he is looking forward to heading to the iconic circuit this weekend.

“My victories at Silverstone were very special. Both were exciting races and I’ll never forget the reception I received from the crowd when I came onto the podium. It was fantastic and it’s that generosity towards all of the drivers, and not only the British ones, which gives the race such a special atmosphere.

“From a performance point of view, it’s important that we get through the whole weekend cleanly, efficiently and without problems. We’ve had a couple of tricky races, but, through it all, there have been some genuine glimpses of progress.

Alonso did not enjoy the same success in Austria as team-mate Jenson Button, but the Spaniard is hoping that he can have a strong weekend this time around, and give McLaren’s home fans something to cheer about.

“For me, I want to make progress through Friday and Saturday, then be able to deliver a performance on Sunday that justifies all our efforts. We can do it, and to be able to turn that corner in front of thousands of McLaren-Honda fans would be a fantastic reward for the whole team.”

If the proposed engine upgrade does also come into play for the squad this weekend, it will hopefully help them to extract the best they can from the MP4-31, and achieve their goal of bringing both cars home in the points this weekend.