Fernando Alonso says he will consider an alternative strategy during the Canadian Grand Prix as a way of compensating for the McLaren-Honda's lack of outright top speed.
Following an overnight engine change, the Spaniard qualified 14th for the seventh round of the season, which will become 13th once Max Verstappen's penalty ahead comes into effect.
Labelling the result as the 'best he could probably do' in the circumstances, the former champion admits a lack of straight-line speed is likely to hurt him in the race, so he may look to strategy as a means of compensation.
“It's the best qualifying position we could probably do, excepting with Max's penalty for the race. I think the top speed will our biggest handicap in the race. The top speed and our straights will be our main limitation so let's try to think something clever in terms of strategy, in terms of tyre management to compensate a little bit.”
Reflecting on a busy 24 hours for the McLaren team after his engine change, which was then compounded by another one for team-mate Jenson Button, Alonso was satisfied with the result.
“The morning the team was very busy with my engine change and [given] the disappointment of starting only one car in qualifying, the P13 the best news of the day. Hopefully we can have a smooth race and both cars finish without problems.”