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Canadian GP: Fernando Alonso expressed that, he is “extremely happy” with Canadian GP qualifying overall performance, despite straight-line speed shortage costing him valuable lap-time. He produced maximum from his McLaren-Honda’s latest package.

The Spaniard, back in F1 following missing Monaco Grand Prix to contest at the Indianapolis 500. Improved total performance and entering Q2, finally made 12th fastest time in the second knockout section.

“The lap was good, the lap was clean, I did the maximum, and I’m happy with the performance at the end,” Alonso said.

“Obviously 12th is not the ideal position to start, but with the deficit [we have] here with power, we know how much it is in terms of timed laps.

“Being 1.2 seconds from [Lewis] Hamilton in Q2, that’s definitely a very, very good performance for us and I’m extremely happy.”

Alonso is still cautious about McLaren’s deficit along the straights and ongoing struggle with fuel consumption.

“There is not much you can do apart from trying to have a good exit from Turn 10 and try to defend, but there are things you cannot defend, they will be side-by-side in the middle of the straight,” he said.

“Hopefully [I can make] a good start and make a good strategy.

“But there are doubts for tomorrow not only on power but fuel consumption will be very high, so we have some problems to solve but [there’s] nothing we can do.”

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