Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso believes that he could be on track to take pole in Monaco after an impressive showing during the first two practice showings of the weekend.
Alonso took P2 in FP1 by just 0.4 seconds and P4 in FP2 by 0.2 seconds, putting him within touching distance of securing his first pole position of the season.
The Spaniard hasn’t taken pole in Formula 1 since the 2012 German Grand Prix, leaving him over a decade without starting from that coveted position.
With significant experience around the track, having 2 wins and 2 podiums in the principality, Alonso will be determined to start near the front of the grid.
“It was a good day for us,” Alonso told reporters in the paddock after the session.
“We completed the run programme, a couple of red flags, it was the same for everybody, but we did enough laps to get confidence with the car, which is very important here, getting into the rhythm of the weekend.
“The car felt good, easy to drive, which is what you would expect in this kind of circuit. So I’m happy.
“I came with a lot of confidence already because this car gave me positive things all throughout the year.
“So it didn’t disappoint today. It was enjoyable to drive out, I had fun and I’m ready for tomorrow.”
Given the narrow twists and turns of Monaco, the starting position is more crucial in the principality than any other race on the calendar, so all drivers will be keen to push in qualifying to get the maximum out of their car.
Red Bull’s secret to success this season has been their straight-line speed and DRS trick that has seen them power past opponents, something that won’t be useful in Monaco.
If Alonso can secure pole, he will be firmly on course for his illusive 33rd Grand Prix victory, having not won a race since Spain 2013.