Alonso: ‘There is a lot of performance to unlock’

Date published: July 27 2018

Fernando Alonso finished P12 in both practice sessions

Fernando Alonso is confident that he and his McLaren team can improve this weekend, with more performance yet to come.

The Spaniard finished in P12 in both practice sessions on Friday at the Hungaroring, and said that it was a good day for the team.

“It’s been a positive Friday for us, in terms of the feeling in the car,” Alonso said.

“We did a lot of tests and collected good data, with the morning session focusing more on aero tests and gathering basic information, and the afternoon session about trying out both compounds of tyres.”

Despite the positive vibes about Friday’s running, the two-time World Champion admitted that his MCL33 was not perfect.

“The set-up and balance were not ideal today, as we struggled a little bit with understeer,” he continued.

“There is a lot of performance to unlock in the car if we find the right balance.”

When it comes to getting right at the Hungarian Grand Prix, Alonso said that at times, it relies on the weather and track conditions.

“It was quite warm today, with the asphalt reaching as much as 61 degrees Celsius in FP2 I think, which is quite a record! So, let’s see tomorrow what we can find,” the Spaniard said.

“We need to chase the track temperature and track conditions as this is a circuit that always keeps improving with more rubber being laid down by different series running. Tomorrow we’ll have a different track and we need to anticipate that.”

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