Monaco F1 GP | Alonso: ‘Our goal is to be strong in qualifying’

Ferdinand Alonso positively valued the first day of training of the Monaco Formula 1 GP this Thursday, in which he could only finish 12th. The Asturian focused his efforts on adapting to the track, progressing in his confidence in such a complicated layout, with the walls so close, and gradually improving his adaptation to the Alpine A521. The Spaniard worked to analyze the small updates that the French team had in its aerodynamic package to try to draw the best conclusions for the set up of the qualifying session. Alpine, having as a strength its rhythm in a slow curve, it must be higher than it was in this first day, and the high that the team starred in from Friday to Saturday in previous Grands Prix suggests that this Thursday the French team still did not look with forcefulness the chrono.

“It was an intense day as it always is on Thursday in Monaco. I think we did a good job with 64 laps in total, building some confidence in the car, which is very useful, so I’m happy with that. There are many things to analyze while we test some updates, but we will review them tonight and tomorrow and our goal is to be strong for qualifying, ”said the Spanish rider, who in the first session had a little scare by damaging his wing with the wall of the last corner, something that did not prevent him from continuing after going through the pits.

“Traffic management will be difficult and we saw a snapshot of how difficult it is to have a clean lap here in both the morning and afternoon sessions. Managing this could well be the key to a good qualifying position on Saturday. “Fernando recalled after encountering complications to make a clean lap due to the heavy traffic he found on the track.

Fernando Alonso, at the 2021 F1 Monaco GP

“The practice day went smoothly in terms of doing what we had to do, which was to understand the car, find a rhythm and identify any problems. We did not realize everything, but we will review and analyze it tonight and also tomorrow on the day off. We will work hard to find those tenths that we are missing right now. There is also something more to come from me in terms of pushing the car to the limit. “