Fernando Alonso has said that he is hoping to get the 'best' out of his McLaren-Mercedes MP4-22 next Sunday, when the circus heads to Magny Cours for the French Grand Prix.

After having to play second fiddle to his rookie team-mate, Lewis Hamilton at the US and Canadian Grand's Prix, Fernando will also have a point to prove and if he is to take his third title in succession this year, he will have to stop Hamilton from extending his ten point advantage at the top of the drivers' championship.

Speaking prior to the eighth round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the Spaniard added that he is eager to get back in the car this coming week.

"After the back to back races it seems like a long time since we last raced, I want to get back on track and am really motivated to drive the MP4-22. It is a quick car and I hope we can get the best out of it at Magny Cours," he confirmed.

Asked about the venue, Fernando only had positive things to say, even if the circuit isn't one of the most popular due to its rural location.

"I have always liked racing at this track, when you hear people talk about circuits that are technical, Magny Cours is definitely one of them," he explained. "It is important to have good speed in the slow corners as they tend to lead onto long straights.

"You have to have good mechanical set-up for the corners and the same with traction for the exits.

"My favourite sections of the track are the two high speed chicanes at the back of the circuit. We go through them at speeds of up to 200km/h, which is very fast for a chicane; very special to drive through and unique in Formula 1."

Thus far this season Alonso has won two races, his most recent at the Principality and the teams form in general there, bodes well, he thinks, for Magny Cours.

"Although they have very different characteristics in general, there are some similarities between Magny Cours and Monaco, as they have a lot of tight, twisty corners and both have a medium-high downforce set-up. The car performed well at Monaco and I am looking forward to getting it out on track in France on Friday," he summed-up.

 

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