Fernando Alonso admitted he drove offended en path to an eighth-place end Portuguese Grand Prix, which got here after a poor qualifying outing left him with work to do.
Alpine regarded fast all through Friday apply and FP3 on Saturday morning, however whereas Esteban Ocon was in a position to safe a top-six beginning place, Alonso dropped out in Q2 and lined up thirteenth. His quickest lap was 0.9s slower than his team-mate in qualifying, however Alonso used that frustration to ship a powerful race efficiency the place he climbed as much as eighth and crossed the road 1s behind Ocon.
“I feel in Bahrain I used to be extra cautious on all the pieces simply to finish the primary grand prix,” Alonso mentioned. “Imola, I used to be so uncomfortable within the automobile with the situations, I didn’t really feel good on the inters, the visibility, the qualifying was dangerous, so I feel this was actually the primary race that I used to be extracting the utmost from the automobile. I used to be upset after that qualifying so (within the race) that anger was in all probability on observe as nicely.”
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Whereas he can pinpoint areas the place his personal performances have fluctuated, Alonso says there was additionally a transparent step ahead in how aggressive the Alpine was in Portimao.
“It was an excellent race however typically it was an excellent weekend, not simply the race,” he added. “I felt the automobile was rather more aggressive right here than Imola or Bahrain – we had been preventing with one McLaren, one Ferrari, AlphaTauri – so positively we had been in a gaggle that we weren’t in a position to be in in Imola or Bahrain, in order that was a optimistic factor.
“We felt aggressive already from FP1. We had been fifth in FP2. We may have been third in FP3… So it stays a bit of little bit of a thriller what occurred yesterday in qualifying once I felt not comfy and didn’t really feel any of the identical grip as every other session.
“Sadly, that compromised my race a bit of bit, however general very pleased with the weekend on the whole and the step ahead by the efficiency of the automobile. I believed it was an excellent Sunday for us with the Alpine automobile being extra aggressive than every other race thus far this yr.”