Fernando Alonso says he is happy with the performance of his car following Friday practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, but is not convinced he will be challenging for a position in Q3 on Saturday.
Alonso was eleventh in FP1 in the morning in his McLaren-Honda, just ahead of team-mate Jenson Button, while in the afternoon he improved and wound up eighth, only 0.092s off the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. Despite that, however, Alonso doesn't reckon he will be as high up on Saturday.
“I think we saw some Fridays that people are not showing the potential, like Williams – sometimes on Friday they run quite heavy or quite slow and then on Saturday, they are very competitive,” he explained.
“Force India didn't run today as well in FP2, so I think there are some cars that will potentially be in front of us tomorrow.
“But I am happy with the performance of the car – it is a little bit better every race and it was a trouble-free Friday for us. Today both cars ran and completed the programme without any issues. So, a positive start – but the important thing is tomorrow in qualifying and especially the race.”
“The long runs seem competitive,” he added, “but as we know here, qualifying is the biggest thing here because overtaking is difficult.”
Meanwhile, Alonso explained that the reason McLaren Honda seemed quite competitive was due to a number of factors.
“I think it is just a combination of circuit characteristics that are probably slightly better for our car and obviously the car keeps improving – every weekend it is getting better and better,” he reiterated. As I said I think it has been a good Friday, but the weekend is long and we need to see tomorrow how competitive we are and especially on Sunday, if we can finish the race and hopefully score some points.”