Fernando Alonso admits his third consecutive Q3 berth came as a pleasant surprise before he plots 'maximum attack' from 10th on the grid in the Canadian Grand Prix.
Despite lacking straight-line speed to all of its rivals, Honda's updated power unit and new turbocharger helped push Alonso into the pole shootout and get ahead of the Force India of Sergio Perez in qualifying.
The overall performance gains have also given Alonso a confidence boost and even though he has concerns of fuel saving and pace around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is relishing the opportunity of taking on the battle for points.
“Here we are a little bit more concerned about our pace in the race, our fuel saving for tomorrow so let's say we will have better opportunities,” Alonso said. “But who knows? There is some forecast for some rain for tomorrow so maybe that will help our package and our level of pace.
“We are ready for any opportunity and to fight. We are here for any opportunity. There is nothing to lose, we are not fighting for any world championships so it is maximum attack again.
“Today the job is done, we are in Q3 for the third consecutive time and probably at a circuit where we didn't expect to be competitive on the straights. It is a nice surprise today and we take it.”