Alonso: Singapore a ‘real chance’ for McLaren

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Alonso: Singapore a ‘real chance’ for McLaren

11:15 – Fernando Alonso is eager to exploit a “real chance” to return to the points-paying positions at the Singapore Grand Prix, following back-to-back retirements.

Alonso parked his Honda-powered McLaren in Belgium and Italy, due to respective power unit and gearbox concerns, with team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne (suspected MGU-K issue) also dropping out at Monza.

However, having taken a tactical grid penalty at the last round, the Spaniard is hopeful of enjoying a stronger weekend at the more favourable Marina Bay venue.

“We knew the double-header of Spa and Monza would be difficult for us, but three DNFs out of four was still really disappointing,” said Alonso.

“Still, we showed better pace than we anticipated, even though we could convert that into points.

“We’ve now put the European season behind us and we turn our attention to the fly-aways which signal the final chapter of the season.

“Singapore is a great place to start, as it’s one of the circuits on the calendar that suits our package better than others, and gives us a real chance for a more positive result.”

Alonso is wary, though, of the demands that the street circuit and climate place on both man and machine.

“It’s tough – hot and humid, and hard on the cars and drivers,” he commented.

“It’s really fun though: bumpy, tight and challenging, but exhilarating when you get it right.

“You need a car with good traction on the slower corners and a high downforce set-up, so we definitely have a better chance there.

“We just need to make sure we also have the reliability.”

Alonso’s best result of the season so far came at another tight and twisty track, the Hungaroring, where he fought his way to sixth position.

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