F1 »

F1 Singapore GP: Alonso: McLaren can fight at the front

Fernando Alonso says McLaren are building with confidence ahead of the 2016 season finale and sees a run of circuits which will suit the team.
Fernando Alonso says McLaren are building with confidence ahead of the 2016 season finale and sees a run of circuits which will suit his car starting at the Singapore Grand Prix.

After accepting back-to-back difficult races at the high speed Spa and Monza tracks F1 moves on to the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore which demands a competitive aerodynamic package and is less demanding on pure power.

Looking ahead to the final seven races of the year Alonso is confident McLaren should be competitive for points finishes at almost all of the remaining circuits Singapore as a key starting place.

“Not only Singapore, I think Suzuka, Austin, and especially Abu Dhabi, I think will be very good,” Alonso said. “Even last year we expected a lot in Singapore and we were okay but we were not as good as Austin and especially Abu Dhabi."

VOTE: Jenson Button's top 10 F1 races ranked

McLaren's best result of the season came at the tight and twisty Monaco Grand Prix with Fernando Alonso taking fifth, while his team-mate Jenson Button's top result in 2016 was sixth in Austria, and with tracks like Singapore and to an extent Abu Dhabi sharing the same characteristics as Monaco the Spaniard is targeting the top five again.

“For whatever reason Abu Dhabi was really strong for us last year so I think it can be the same next year. Let's try to be just behind Red Bull,” he said.

After neither McLaren or Toro Rosso scored a single point at Monza the British squad will be looking to strengthen its grip on sixth in the F1 world constructors' championship.

With Force India in fifth already on over double the number of points which McLaren has up to this point in the campaign sixth place looks the optimum the Woking-based squad, but it will mark a slow return after finishing a dismal ninth overall last year.

Latest Tweets from Crash.net & GPF1rst




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
04.09.2016 - Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-31
Pirelli tyre compound choices, Malaysian Grand Prix [Credit: Pirelli]
18.09.2016 - Race, 2nd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
18.09.2016 - Race, 2nd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
18.09.2016 - Race, 2nd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
18.09.2016 - Race, 2nd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
18.09.2016 - Race, 2nd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
18.09.2016 - Race, 2nd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
18.09.2016 - Race, 2nd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
18.09.2016 - Race, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner, 2nd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 and 3rd position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
18.09.2016 - Race, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 leads Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
18.09.2016 - Race, 2nd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd position Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
18.09.2016 - Race, 2nd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
18.09.2016 - Race, 2nd position Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
18.09.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
18.09.2016 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
18.09.2016 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW38 leads Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31
18.09.2016 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.