Alonso not expecting fruitful German GP

Date published: July 26 2016

As the F1 paddock heads to Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix, McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has admitted that it will be hard to replicate their result at the recently concluded Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard finished in a respectable seventh place, while his teammate Jenson Button qualified in the top ten before suffering a brakes issue on race day.

Alonso and Button have made no secret about their lack of pace and always look forward to circuits that demand less power, like the Hungaroring.

However, with the Hockenheimring being a power hungry circuit, the double World Champion is not expecting a strong result this weekend.

"It is quite a technical circuit which requires fairly high downforce, and although most of the corners are relatively low-speed, they come after long, power-hungry straights, so the set-up of both the power unit and chassis for both eventualities can be quite tricky," he revealed.

"For this kind of circuit, you need a car with which you can push, and I feel we’re making improvements in that area.

"For sure it will be different to Hungary – we can’t expect to be the number four team there, and our midfield rivals will be stronger, but we'll try to maximise everything we have in our armoury and give it our best shot.

"I'm pleased to be heading back to Hockenheim after we missed a race in Germany in 2015. It’s been a good circuit for me in the past – I’ve had three victories on this circuit, and five in Germany, so there’s lots of happy memories.

"The whole team has worked incredibly hard over the first half of the year, so it’ll be great to be able to have some luck and bring both cars home without any major issues."