Fernando Alonso was elated to have pulled together a strong race at Monaco to finish in fifth place, his best result of the season so far.
Alonso started the race from ninth on the grid and was able to take advantage of the changing weather conditions to move up the order, eventually finishing fifth.
“Yes, it feels good,’’ Alonso said when asked about whether he was content with the outcome of the race. “It’s always a satisfaction when you execute a difficult race. This one was one of those.”
“It was tough from the beginning. Zero visibility after the safety car. We switched to the inters guessing what the grip will be, because of the first laps in wet conditions of the weekend.“
“And then the next difficulty was the dry tyres and the track was 1 metre wide - the dry line. If you put one centimeetre of the tyre on wet part, you will crash - it’s Monaco. We tried to keep it on track.”
“Fifth place tastes very good. It gives us some confidence for the future and we’ll keep improving,’ he added.
Alonso, however, wasn’t getting carried away with his performance, attributing the result to the changing conditions and the specific characteristics of Monaco, instead of the sheer pace of the McLaren-Honda.
“I think this is a very unique circuit so we don’t need to read too much into the results here. The race was a little bit of cows with rain. I think we got everything right today and P5 is a deserved P5. The level of pace or speed we have was not good enough. But still a long way to go for us,’’ he said.
The Spaniard, nevertheless, is adamant that McLaren is on the right trajectory, having emerged as a regular points finisher this year after 2015’s travails.
“It’s clear that we are moving in the right direction. Two times in the Q3. Normally, if nothing strange happens in the race, we are in the points. Not as high as fifth, but still in the points,’’ he said.
by Rachit Thukral
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