Alpine struggled on street circuits the last two races, despite Alonso’s sixth place in Baku, and although the Spaniard qualified ninth at Paul Ricard, it was safe to predict big things on Sunday.
“It’s nice to be back in the top 10 after Monaco and Baku,” said Alonso. “I think P9 was the maximum, the eighth was three-four-tenths ahead. It was inaccessible today, but let’s see tomorrow in the race.
“I think the big points are going to be a challenge. We have very competitive people around us. Let’s be realistic. Optimistic yes, but realistic about the chances of scoring big points.
“I’m going to take the top six, like Baku, but for that we’ll need a restart or something like that at the end of the race! Even though we feel good with the car and we feel happy, there are some cars and drivers who are stronger than us.
“Ferrari they were on pole [at the last two races] and now they start right in front of us and we think we can hopefully beat them. I’m not sure if we’re in the exact same league right now, so let’s see what we can do.
Confusing alpine car during setup
Over the season, the Alpine A521 has often performed differently in qualifying and in the race and asked if the team now understands the problem behind this Alonso said: “This is not a clear trend.
“We had good performances, for example, in Portimao. In the race we had good speed and we passed people in the last two laps like crazy.
“It’s nothing that tells us one way or another, every weekend seems to change, so it’s a bit of an unknown tomorrow, but Friday looked good, the pace long term, so let’s see what we can do tomorrow. ”