Fernando Alonso said the lap which put him 13th on the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix was probably the best he has ever driven at Suzuka.
Alonso, whose highest qualifying position at Suzuka was fourth in 2010, originally qualified 14th but was moved up two positions due to other drivers’ penalties.
“That was probably the best lap of my career around Suzuka,” said Alonso. ” I could have fitted 100 more sets of tyres to the car, and I probably still wouldn’t have bettered that Q2 lap time.”
“It’s frustrating to end up 14th, but that’s the situation at the moment. And it’s not as though anyone in the team is relaxing. No, we’re pushing hard, but there are no magic solutions.”
Alonso is targeting a top ten finish in tomorrow’s race but is wary of quicker rivals starting further back.
“Tomorrow’s race will be tough,” he said, “there are faster cars behind, such as Max [Verstappen’s], but we’ll do our best to try to get some points.”