Fernando Alonso: “Reliability-wise, we’re getting stronger”

Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31 Honda, in the pit lane. Credit: McLaren Media Centre

McLaren-Honda F1 team driver Fernando Alonso is looking forward to a positive weekend in Hungary, after the recent in-season test at Silverstone proved useful for the Woking based squad.

“Reliability-wise, we’re getting stronger, and the test just after the grand prix was definitely a little boost for the whole team. We completed a full programme, got a lot of mileage done, and learned a lot which will help with our development, so hopefully we can put some of this knowledge to good use in Hungary.”

Like team-mate Jenson Button, Alonso took his first Formula One victory at the Hungaroring back in 2003, which at the time made him the youngest ever driver to win a grand prix at the age of 22, so the track always holds a special place in the Spaniard’s heart.

On his return to the Budapest circuit, the double world champion is hoping for a trouble-free weekend that will allow the team to get the best out of the MP4-31 and score some good points.

“There’s no such thing as perfect in this sport, but the important thing will be to execute a trouble-free weekend in all areas. If we manage to get the best out of every session, and have some clean, drama-free running, hopefully we can find some good pace in the car and maximise the potential of what we have underneath us – and score some valuable points.”

The Hungaroring is a track where the McLaren-Honda package should perform well, and Alonso will be striving to find a strong set-up that will allow him to mix it with the rest of the pack on Sunday.