Fernando Alonso believes he is not performing at his best and needs to improve his one lap pace to get into the points at the Monaco GP.
Alonso has been outshone by teammate Ocon, having been beaten in qualifying and the race by the Frenchman in the last three events.
The importance of qualifying at Monaco is an opportunity for Alonso to turn things around according to the double F1 world champion.
“I think the car will be fast," Alonso told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "I feel good about our performance there.
"One of the things that I need to get better at for sure is to extract the maximum of the car in one lap. When you push the car, you need to have confidence in the car of what it’s doing. I'm not 100 percent on that."
Alonso has been victorious at Monaco on two occasions in 2006 and 2007 whilst finishing in the top five with McLaren-Honda in 2016, his last points-scoring result at the Principality.
Due to Alpine's strong qualifying form, Alonso feels the car is capable of being at the sharp end of the midfield.
“In Monaco, it’s crucial that I get the maximum of the car on Saturday," added Alonso. "I remain a little bit cautious because of my own work rather than the car.
"Let's say I feel confident in the car [performance], I just need to work on myself to be comfortable on that side as well. It's up to me."