Alonso lacked confidence in his MP4-31

Date published: May 28 2016

Fernando Alonso concedes McLaren were perhaps a “little over-optimistic” in their predictions for this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Alonso qualified in tenths place for the prestigious race but will line up ninth on the grid due to a penalty for Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

It was, however, a trying Saturday afternoon for the Spaniard who says he was lacking confidence in his car.

That meant Alonso was not able to attack the lap and book a place higher up the grid.

“Our main goal today was to get into Q3, but I still don’t really feel confident with the car – I didn’t have a perfect feeling with it, and I wasn’t therefore confident enough to really attack the corners.”

The Spaniard is hoping that rain forecast for Sunday’s race will help him work his way further up the order.

“Our predictions ahead of this weekend were maybe a little over-optimistic, but let’s see what happens tomorrow,” he said.

“We’ll need some rain, snow or whatever to give the race a little bit of action – the start will dictate the complexion of the race, but hopefully the weather will make the show more exciting.

“It would be great to come out of the weekend with some decent points.”