Fernando Alonso makes bold Monaco Grand Prix prediction four races into comeback

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Despite a disappointing 17th placed finish in the Spanish Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso believes his Alpine car “will be really fast in Monaco.” The two-time Formula One world champion returned to the grid this season with the rebranded Alpine team, racing alongside Esteban Ocon.

Speaking after the Spanish Grand Prix, Alonso was optimistic about Alpine’s chances of competing in Monaco.

“I think the Alpine car will be really fast in Monaco,” he said (as per Marca).

“I feel good about the performance there, one of the things I have to improve for sure is getting the most out of a lap.

“I need to push the car, have confidence in the car, but I’m not there yet, I’m working 100% towards that right now.”

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Reflecting on his performance in the Spanish Grand Prix, Alonso added: “It wasn’t where we wanted to finish today but I think the weekend in general was positive.

“We had some good performance from the car, and we are definitely heading in the right direction.

“In Portugal we were fast, but we didn’t know if it was specific to that track, so our progression this weekend shows we are in a good place.

“We had some fun battles today and I enjoyed the racing, but we just couldn’t hang on in the end with the medium tyres. We had to try something different and it didn’t work out.”

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Alpine’s Executive Director Marcin Budkowski explained that the team were “hoping for more from this race”, saying: “After a very positive qualifying, this race result clearly was not what we were hoping for.

“We lost some positions at the start, two for Esteban and one for Fernando.

“We were pretty committed to a one-stop strategy and we tried to make it work.

“However, it was quite tough to get to the end on the second set of tyres, with Esteban able to salvage two points after a brave last couple of laps.

“Fernando ran out of tyres at the end, leaving him out of the points.

“We didn’t have the pace to fight with Ferrari or McLaren in the race today, so that gives us an area to focus on and find further improvements.

“Nevertheless, we’ve scored two points on the teams behind us in the constructors’ championship.

“Overall, though, we were hoping for more from this race.”

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