Alonso: MCL32 loses ‘three seconds’ on straights


Fernando Alonso has once again lamented the lack of pace that the Honda engine produces but heaped praise on his own performance.

Alonso dragged the MCL32 to P15 on the grid in Sochi, with Stoffel Vandoorne seven tenths behind in P17.

But before he focused on his own display, he expressed his astonishment at just how slow the team are on the straights in Russia.

"It's unbelievable how much we lose on the straights," Alonso said.

I think it was 1.3s in the first sector and there's just one corner and we have no problems there, so that's what we have.

"On the straights we lose 2.5-three seconds on this circuit and therefore it's a bit… we knew it already before getting here, but then qualifying arrives and you always want a bit more."

Alonso then talked reporters through his "perfect" qualifying session with the resources he has at his disposal.

"I think it was a basically perfect qualifying," Alonso added.

"The Q1 lap would be hard to repeat. In Q2 I made a few mistakes, but Q1 was very good so I'm staying with that.

"Seven tenths to my teammate, with the same car, someone who has won in all categories before reaching Formula 1, so I still feel at the peak of my form and in my best moment."

Alonso finished by saying that McLaren-Honda's problems are not going to disappear any time soon.

"We are going to see more or less what we saw in Bahrain, what we saw in China, in Australia, what we'll see in Spain, in Monaco, Canada," he said.

"Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday I stand here before you and I try to answer in the most polite manner but it's going to be a bit monotonous, a bit of the same story like it's always been in Formula 1.

"We can already say that Ferrari and Mercedes will fight for victory this year, that Red Bull will try to be on the podium, that Williams will be in the points, and the rest we'll try to grab a point when the rest allow it.

"So we'll try to have a perfect race but aware of our limitations."