Fernando Alonso: “Hopefully we can keep this up progress”

Fernando Alonso - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Fernando Alonso admitted that Mercedes AMG PETRONAS, Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Ferrari were on a different level at the Hungaroring on Sunday, but was satisfied to come best of the rest in seventh on race day.

The McLaren-Honda driver started seventh on the grid, and was able to show good pace throughout the race, feeling they were competitive against those they are fighting in the championship, notably Scuderia Toro Rosso, with Alonso able to finish ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr.

“Well, P7 has been my position all weekend!” said Alonso. “It’s a pity we couldn’t improve this afternoon but still I think we were best of the rest today.

“Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari are out of reach at the moment for everyone – they’re on another level – so, in the other mini-championship we’re racing in, we were quite competitive and I feel we delivered the maximum we could today.

“There wasn’t much action in the race though. For us, it was a little bit of a boring afternoon at some points – not the usual Hungaroring.

“I’m happy about how the weekend went and hopefully we can keep this up progress. We’ve been more or less competitive here and at Silverstone, on two very different circuits, so I’m looking forward to next weekend at Hockenheim.”