Words: Craig Alderson
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso will be looking to again maximise points for his McLaren team this weekend at Monaco.
The Spanish driver sits 7th in the drivers championship, collecting most of the points for McLaren who are currently 5th in the constructors.
Fernando believes the iconic street circuit will level the playing field, a bit "like throwing a dice" according to Sky Sports F1.
Alonso has won twice at the principality but missed the race last year due to competing at the Indy 500. Former team mate Jenson Button took his place for the race, as reserve driver for McLaren at the time.'
This year, Alonso is confident of continuing to score points, something he has managed to do at every race thus far.
"It's one of the most technically challenging circuits of the year simply because of the level of skill and concentration you need to get around lap after lap 78 times, as well as negotiating the traffic, strategy, weather and everything else this crazy race throws at you," Alonso said.
"For sure, we know the limitations of our package, and a slow-speed track such as this requires a totally unique set-up compared to anywhere else on the calendar, but it's up to everyone to adapt and get the most out of our equipment.”
"Monaco is one of those tracks that tends to level the playing field a little and it's a bit like throwing a dice. As we saw in Spain, even if you qualify well it doesn't mean you won't fall victim to drama which can change things around.”
"So, we need to maximise everything on Saturday, and then fight hard on Sunday to earn as many points as possible."
Despite McLaren suffering a double retirement in Monaco last year; Alonso achieved the best Honda / McLaren result ever for their partnership when he finished fifth in 2016.
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier agrees with his number 1 driver and fancies their chances:
"It goes without saying that reliability is a key factor in Monaco, and since there tends to be a fair amount of drama, finishing the race with both cars intact is the first step," he said.
"As for points, anything can happen and we'll be battling hard as always - with reliability, a good strategy and two drivers that know this track well, it's all to play for."