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Alonso lacking confidence despite Q3 slot

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Alonso lacking confidence despite Q3 slot
May 28, 2016, 2:17 PM

Fernando Alonso says he is still lacking confidence around Monaco despite having qualified in the top 10 for McLaren on Saturday.

Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Fernando Alonso, McLaren Honda
Fernando Alonso, McLaren
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31

The Spanish driver was 10th fastest in Q3, but will start from ninth on the grid as Kimi Raikkonen has been penalised for a gearbox change.

Despite reaching Q3, Alonso said a lack of front-end grip was making things hard for him in the principality.

"From that point of view, I haven't been comfortable all weekend with the car," said Alonso of the car's handling.

"We have been lacking some grip in the front and when you don't have the confidence here in Monaco every lap is a very hard test, because you need to attack and you don't know how the car will handle.

"So it hasn't been easy. I'm not completely satisfied in that sense, but we can't go back.

"We have to try to score in the race. We have seen many problems and incidents all weekend so we need to be there and hopefully get a good result."

The McLaren driver admitted that qualifying in the top 10 was crucial, given overtaking at Monaco is close to impossible.

"We have to try to seize it, especially here in Monaco because tomorrow it's very hard to pass, so we had to be in Q3 no matter what," he said.

"So we need to try to take the opportunity we'll have tomorrow and look at the sky, because there's rain forecast."

Teammate Jenson Button qualified down in 13th position after failing to make the cut for Q3.

 

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Series Formula 1
Event Monaco GP
Location Monte Carlo
Drivers Fernando Alonso Shop Now
Teams McLaren Shop Now