Alonso: Top teams still in "another league" to McLaren

Alonso & his future in F1

Alonso & his future in F1

Reliability issues during pre-season testing limited McLaren's running and left the team needing to make modifications to its vehicle ahead of the opening race in Australia.

Montmelo: Fernando Alonso appeared to cast doubt over his future in Formula I, calling it "demanding" and insisting the current direction of the sport is "sad". In another way, this vehicle is supposed to be the Australian Grand Prix package and that delay on bringing the first improvements and having them not in the first race, having them here, probably put us in a hard position in the first couple of races.

He added: "Probably the downside of this position is still the gap, with the top six, they are in another league".

Alonso reiterated his view that the auto he is racing this weekend should have been available for the start of the season in Australia.

"Definitely this package is making me happy". We just need new parts as soon as possible and to keep going in this direction. "Everything we brought to the track has delivered on its expectation". I'd especially like to thank everybody back in Woking for their tremendous team effort in bringing all the new parts we planned to complete our updated package on time.

"That delay, on the first improvement, and having it not at the first races, having it here, probably put us in a hard position in the first races".

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Alonso feels the special support he receives in his homeland seems to give him a little bit of a boost, and he hopes he can convert his position on the grid into another top ten finish, with the Spaniard having scored points in all four Grand Prix so far in 2018 to sit sixth in the standings. We saved them with a lot of points on Sundays with a little bit of luck and good races.

"I recover on average six places on the Grand Prix, so with that tomorrow, who knows", he smiled.

"Always I come here and it's bigger and bigger and the people are still as excited as every other year".

"I have to start with the reds because I did Q2 with the reds, but if it rains tomorrow we'll all start with intermediates or wets and everything that happened today doesn't count much".

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