Alonso aiming high for Sunday

Published: Saturday 9th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Fernando Alonso is hoping McLaren’s best qualifying display of the year can lead to a maiden top-10 finish in Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Having suffered a torrid start to the season with their new chassis and Honda power-unit leaving Alonso and team-mate Jenson Button some way off the pace.

But the duo made it into the second stage of qualifying, the first time both have managed to do so in 2015, with Alonso starting 13th and Button a place further back.

And two-time world champion Alonso wants to build on that by breaking the team’s points duck at his home race – even if breaking into the top 10 is not the eventual aim.

“I think we can take points tomorrow but it doesn’t change too much,” he said.

“To be honest to finish ninth, 10th, 11th – one point or two points is not what we want, we want much bigger than that.

“But for the team’s motivation, to achieve some results that you can touch – because at the moment they are only hopes and words – if we can start scoring points physically in the race that will be a help and it’s what we want to do tomorrow

“We are starting 13th and 14th on the clean side. If we have a good start and a good strategy, on the long run normally our pace is good. Our management of the tyres is very good. I think tomorrow we have the first chance of points but for that we need to have a perfect race and that’s what we need to try.”

Despite Alonso’s optimism, 2009 champion Button believes the race pace of the teams ahead of McLaren could still leave them in a midfield battle rather than challenging for points.

“I really don’t know where we are going to end up,” he said.

“You have got to look at the times from Friday and the top 10 were very quick on their long runs. So I want what Fernando had for breakfast this morning – maybe I will be a bit more positive.”

Published: Saturday 9th May 2015 by The News Editor

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