Alonso Hails Step Forward by Renault

Hadn't he have such a disappointing Q2 on Saturday, Fernando Alonso could have gotten a lot more from last weekend's German Grand Prix, he argued. The Spaniard started from 12th on the grid and finished on an encouraging 7th place overall, right behind the two Brawn GP drivers. In the process, however, the 2-time world champion also scored the fastest lap of the day.

All together, the good things that happened throughout the Sunday race made Alonso more optimistic about the future. The Spaniard admitted the developments brought by Renault to their R29 for the weekend – new floor, new front wing and engine cover – were an obvious step forward, but revealed he is disappointed of walking away with only 2 points.

It is definitely a step forward. I'm quite happy with the race but there is a little bit of frustration because two points is not enough for us. It doesn't make a lot of difference but we had the potential today to be maybe on the podium because we have been quicker than the Ferraris all weekend and Felipe is third. So I am quite optimistic and confident for the coming races,” said Alonso.

As for the things he would like to see improved over the course of the upcoming races, the Renault driver mentioned qualifying pace and starts. Some good qualifying times would help the Renault drivers get rid of traffic in the early stages of a race, while a good start would prevent them from being involved in racing incidents before the first corner.

We need to concentrate on Saturday, to be in the top five, top six in qualifying and then after that I think the race pace is good enough to keep those positions. If we are qualifying 10th, we are out of position in the race because we are quicker than the cars in front of us but we have traffic,” added Alonso.
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