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Alonso: Top six still in 'another league'

14 May, 2018, 07:00 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Fernando Alonso Spanish GP 2018

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

However, the Spaniard is spending part of this season driving WEC and has made his desire to try to win Indy 500 clear, making his debut there past year.

McLaren chief executive Zak Brown is eager to retain Fernando Alonso for 2019 and believes the former world champion has never been happier with a team.

The Spanish driver is hoping to compete in the famous 24 hr of Le Mans race later this summer and ultimately hopes to become the first driver to achieve the motorsport triple crown of the Monaco GP - which he has already won on two occasions - the Indianapolis 500, in which he competed strongly a year ago and the 24hr Le Mans race. "We must make sure we don't make any mistakes, and then I think we can be in a position to benefit and get some points". "But hopefully he will be with McLaren for a long time". It's a step in the right direction and we need to keep improving like this in the next races.

"Yeah, I'm definitely happy (with the upgrades)".

"But I expect to see Fernando racing something and I hope it has a McLaren badge on it".

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However, the auto is still not producing the level of performance required and the paddock is ablaze with rumours that the two-time world champion will look to jump ship this winter.

Speaking after the race, Alonso says he thought points would have been "impossible" after he dropped down the order at the start of the race when he had to run wide to avoid the spinning Romain Grosjean.

Alonso is one of just three drivers to have scored in every race of the 2018 season so far, with championship leaders Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel the other two.

But Alonso himself has brushed off rumours as exactly that. While it is still some distance back on Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, Alonso at least was able to crack the top 10.

"I'm happy with that, definitely P8 is a good position, I was P13 in the last qualifyings so it's definitely a step forward", Alonso told Sky F1.

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