Fernando Alonso has admitted that he and McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton are pushing each other to the limit, not only in their own personal battle, but also by trying to distance themselves from Ferrari.

As was the case in Montreal a week ago, the two McLarens will line up on the front row, with Hamilton ahead of Alonso, after the pair comfortably out-paced their rivals, but the Spaniard was disappointed to miss out on pole after dominating every session leading up to the crucial 15-minute shoot-out.

"It has been a good weekend for me, no doubt, as I was fastest in P1, P2, P3, Q1, Q2 - but not the important one," he sighed, "But being fastest all weekend gives me a lot of confidence for tomorrow. Q3, as we know, is a different matter and you place many many factors in Q3 so... I think we can have a strong race tomorrow and I have confidence."

Although Hamilton snatched his second career pole in the final session, Alonso admitted to making a minor error on each of his flying laps that could have made a difference.

"I'm second and one-tenth-and-a-half or whatever behind, so I did my maximum in Q3," he said, "It was good. I was up one-tenth in the first sector but I lost it again in the second sector, so it was quite similar to the previous lap. I didn't improve the lap by half a tenth or something like that. It's on the limit. We are all on the limit. Sometimes you find one-tenth when you didn't expect a mistake, and sometimes you lose some and you don't know why."

Alonso admitted that, despite being beaten by his rookie team-mate for the second time in as many weekends, he would rather be fighting with Hamilton than anyone else - 'because it means that the team is doing well and we can take some advantage from Ferrari', but also revealed that he ended his final lap with one eye on race day.

"The lap was very good. I think I have the pace, and the weekend so far has been good, so why not tomorrow," he said, when asked whether he had slowed deliberately before the line to save a little fuel, "Because I can see the time I will do here on the steering wheel, I knew it was slower than before, so we started thinking about tomorrow's race."



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