Fernando Alonso and McLaren F1 happy with qualifying results in Barcelona

Ruben Holloway
May 12, 2018

McLaren's Fernando Alonso says he's happy after qualifying 8th for the Spanish GP but admits the team need to push on with development of the vehicle.

"I'm happy with this step forward". However, while not yet a cause for celebration, eighth and 11th positions on an aerodynamically-challenging track such as this mark our best qualifying session of the season so far, and is certainly the step forward we were hoping for on track to correlate with the evidence we saw in simulation. The fans are not giving you extra performance because they can't push the vehicle, but they can motivate a little bit more so we seem to always perform a little bit better here. "Now we need to bring more things as quickly as possible".

The Spaniard narrowly missed out on being the "best of the rest", qualifying just behind Kevin Magnussen's Haas.

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McLaren has never hidden the fact that its aim for 2018 was to top the midfield and close the gap on the top three teams.

"Probably the downside of this position is still the gap to the top six". So that delay in bringing the first improvement, and not having it at the first race but here, probably put us in a hard position in the first couple of races.

"Definitely this package is making me happy. In another way, this auto, is supposed to be the Australian Grand Prix package", he told Sky.

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"This package is making me happy, but in another way, this vehicle, is supposed to be the Australian Grand Prix package - that delay, on the first improvement, and not having it at the first races, but having it here, has probably put us in a hard position in the first races. We saved them with a lot of points on Sunday's with a little bit of luck and good races but from now we need to push the development and we need to bring new parts every single race". We are the only team completing the full four races with both cars.

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

"Every year we come here and it gets bigger and bigger and the people are excited no matter what".

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Jenson Button says it will "take a while" for the McLaren F1 Team to break into the upper echelons of the Formula 1 grid, although they have made a positive start to their 2018 campaign, their first since linking up with Renault Sport as an engine supplier. "Definitely P8 is a good position".

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