Alonso: McLaren’s chassis is third best


Fernando Alonso says his P7 in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix vindicates his claims that McLaren’s chassis is one of the best on the grid.

The Spaniard impressed at the Circuit de Catalunya on Saturday when he qualified seventh for his home race.

It was a remarkable turnaround given that he played tennis during Friday’s first practice after his MCL32 suffered yet another engine failure.

Alonso reckons his Spanish showing is proof that McLaren’s chassis is only behind Mercedes and Ferrari’s.

“On the chassis side we have more or less confirmed what we have thought from the opening races,” he said.

“We are happy with the chassis side but we are still not the best.

“There is still work to do – aerodynamically and mechanically – to be at the level of Mercedes and Ferrari.

“They are definitely ahead of everyone but we could be right behind them in terms of the chassis.”