Fernando Alonso: “Getting into Q3 will certainly be difficult at this track”

Following a strong performance for the Mclaren F1 team at the Russian Grand Prix, which saw the Woking based squad’s first double points haul of the year, Fernando Alonso is confident as he heads to his home race, that there is more to come from him and the MP4-31.

“After an eventful few races, and after a good result for us in Russia, I’m looking forward to going ‘home’ to Barcelona and race in my country in front of my home fans,” said Alonso.  “The atmosphere there is always incredible for any Spanish driver, and I have some very special memories from my wins there in 2012 and 2013.

“We’re still learning a lot about our package as we visit each track, so it’s useful that we already have a lot of data from testing there that we can use to understand its characteristics and how our car will react to them.

“Our performance in qualifying is something we’re working on all the time, to give us the best chance in the race. Getting into Q3 will certainly be difficult at this track, but, with the Spanish fans behind me, that’s got to be our aim.”

A seventh place finish at the Sochi Autodrom was a great result for the Spaniard, who had it not been for his need to fuel save throughout the race, would no doubt have finished higher up the order. But the Woking based squad are improving round by round, and with a raft of updates being utilised in Spain, Alonso will be hoping to maximise performance and achieve an even stronger result at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend.