McLaren F1 Team‘s sporting director Gil de Ferran says he’s very happy with the team’s result at the Singapore Grand Prix, describing Fernando Alonso‘s pace as ‘quite incredible’.
The Spaniard clinched seventh place at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, finishing ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr., Charles Leclerc and Nico Hülkenberg as the best of the rest in the field.
Stoffel Vandoorne started the race down in eighteenth place, after another Qualifying One exit. But the Belgian produced promising pace and executed a clean race to finish in twelfth overall.
The Woking based team was able to apply a strong strategy for Alonso, which helped him push him up to seventh in the race, claiming six points for the team.
The MCL33 showed impressive pace throughout the race, which de Ferran says the team can feel very happy over the result.
“I think we can be very happy about the result today. Overall it has been a very positive weekend,” said de Ferran.
“The car showed great pace in the race and our strategy team executed the job perfectly for both Fernando and Stoffel.”
Vandoorne was able to stay clear of the incidents that erupted in the midfield, but felt short of capturing his first points of the season since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Alonso was able to produce at one point the fastest lap of the race, showcasing the strong race pace McLaren had during the Grand Prix. de Ferran was impressed with the Spaniard’s pace and said the result is a reward to the team at the track and back at the factory.
“Stoffel also drove a good, clean race, and showed strong pace when he had some free air ahead, which was crucial to gaining six positions in a race without many incidents to take advantage of,” de Ferran continued.
“Quite honestly, Fernando’s pace was quite incredible during the race to bring the car home in P7. At one point, we had the fastest lap of the race, which is a great reward for all the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes not only by everybody here trackside, but also back at the factory.”