Although he finished seventh the Chinese Grand Prix and scored some crucial points for McLaren, Fernando Alonso was not happy with the pace showed by the Woking based team during the Chinese Grand Prix weekend. After making comments on Saturday, Alonso spoke up once again about the situation of the British team after the race.
The Spaniard had another lacklustre qualifying session yesterday, when he managed to finish only 13th. In the race, the situation was better and he once again finished seventh as he did last week in Bahrain. Alonso managed so far to score points in each of the three races of the 2018 season and now sits sixth in driver's standings.
However, Alonso was not satisfied with the pace his car had during the Chinese Grand Prix and urged his team to find some extra speed for the following round, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which will be held at the end of the month.
"Still some pace to find as we were not quick enough again in the race, but at the same time it’s a great result,” said Alonso.“I think P7 after starting P13 is great points for the team again so a well executed race. We need to find more pace for the next one.” he added.
Qualifying performances were hindered by a lack of straight line speed throughout the first three races as Alonso never managed to get into Q3. The drag problems which hinders McLaren's qualifying performances is less of an issue during the races with Alonso managing to fight for the lower points paying positions against the likes of Haas and Renault.
“We more or less took benefit from all of the battles so it was a great result for Sunday but we cannot forget that the pace was not there all weekend. So we need to keep improving.” Alonso commented about the situation. He also made several comments regarding the pass he made on Sebastian Vettel during the later stages of the Chinese Grand Prix.
“I was surprised when I saw a Ferrari going not too fast at the end. I asked what was the problem. Apparently, he had damage on his car so he was struggling a little bit on the corners." Alonso said. “We caught him and we saw the door open in one corner, we went for it and made the pass.” he concluded.