Fernando Alonso was left sceptical of his chances of reaching Q3 in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix after a tough Friday of Formula 1 practice running at Interlagos that was hindered by an issue on his Honda power unit.

Alonso finished P10 in both FP1 and FP2 for McLaren, slotting into the close midfield fight that saw Force India, Williams and Renault also making the top half of the order across the course of the day.

Despite McLaren and Honda's recent development progress, Alonso was left unsure of his chances of making it through to Q3 in Brazil if the rain holds off at Interlagos.

"This Friday was more difficult than what we wanted. In FP1 we had some issues with the car’s suspension, in FP2 we also had problems with the oil or fuel pressure on the engine, so we lost important minutes while they rectified the issue," Alonso said.

"In general we adapted our program, prioritised some items of the program for today so we’re prepared for tomorrow. Today there was rain on the forecast and it didn’t rain; tomorrow the forecast is again for rain, so let’s see if it rains and then on Sunday the race will be in the dry.

"If tomorrow is dry like today, it will be tough to get into Q3, there’s a good number of candidates fighting to get there and we’re among them, but it will be hard.

"But if we get there, then there’s a possibility to fight for something better with the cars that are around us."


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