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F1 Singapore Grand Prix: Eighth representative, insists Alonso

Fernando Alonso: We are happy with the feeling today. But it is a long weekend and tomorrow qualifying will be very tight from 7th to 14th
Fernando Alonso says McLaren's pace in Friday practice for the Singapore Grand Prix was “representative”.

Alonso was eleventh in the opening session at the Marina Bay Circuit, but managed eighth in the second and is hopeful that could translate to a good position in qualifying on Saturday.

“I think so, I think we should be not too far from that position,” Alonso replied, when asked if the speed shown in FP2 was representative. “The first three teams are quite fast - Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes - and after that there is a group of cars and we are on those.

“So from seven to 14th there will be three or four tenths tomorrow and we could be one of the first or one of the last [of those]. It depends on how we prepare for qualifying and how we put together the lap and the set-up of the car. We are working on that and will try and be in the first of those positions.”

“We are happy with the feeling today,” he added. “But it is a long weekend and tomorrow qualifying [as I said] will be very tight from 7th to 14th – it will be quite tough.”

Pressed on if Q3 might be possible for the first time this season, he added: “It is going to be tight between some of the cars and we will have the chance to be in Q3 tomorrow. I want to think that is possible. If we can make everything perfect we can be one of the first of that group [from 7th to 14th]. It is what we aim for tomorrow. But if we are not, we will save some tyres for the race.

“It is more important to get some points on Sunday and I think we are in a position to do so,” he underlined.

Meanwhile, Alonso said McLaren-Honda's form in Singapore is due to the track layout and not any improvement with the power unit.

“It is just this circuit at the moment. It is very different to Monza and Spa. Monza we cannot forget there is six corners and long straights. Here there are 23 corners and not many straights. I think for our characteristics at the moment and our deficit on power, Singapore is for sure a good circuit for the McLaren car. We have to deliver and take his opportunity,” he concluded.
by Rob Wilkins

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18.09.2015 - Free Practice 2, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30 and Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-30.
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