Alonso: “We don’t think too much… but we don’t forget the World Cup”

Five podiums in six races for Alonso, who achieved his best result since Hungary 2014 this Sunday in Monaco, second place. The Asturian finishes very satisfied and remains twelve points behind second place in the championship, because Checo Pérez left Monte Carlo with a zero.

“It was difficult, we wanted to start on the hard tyre. Due to the short distance from the start to the first corner we wanted to play with strategy, but Max was very good on the medium tire in the first stint. Things got complicated afterwards and it wasn’t easy to drive afterwards. You couldn’t push the accelerator to the floor and braking was very difficult, but we survived without safety cars. Everyone did a great job on the track today,” he explained as he got out of the Aston Martin.

Already before the televisions, he expanded: “At the start we decided to have a different strategy than Max’s, it was the only option to win, to do something different from them. We took the hard ones to go very long at the first stop and that a safety car would benefit us. But they were going very fast, Max took advantage of us with the average, he had no graining and he even stopped on the same lap as us. We tried, but we weren’t fast enough. We were happy with the second position but with the rain everything was complicated, a mistake could come and end the illusions of making another podium. I am very happy with the second one because it was a difficult race to run”.

On his pressure on Pérez in the World Cup qualifying: “Perhaps we are not the fastest, but we were not the fastest either in 2010 and we were leaders in Abu Dhabi, and with options for Brazil in 2012. That is our path. Without thinking too much about the World Cup, but without forgetting it. A couple of DNFs from Max, like Perez now, and all of a sudden you cut back. Today the best possible result was second, we did a second. It’s what we know how to do best.”

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