Alpine's Fernando Alonso believes he still has work to do to reach the top of his game again in Formula 1.
Having returned to F1 this year after two years away, the Spaniard is having an unspectacular but solid resumption to Formula 1. The Portuguese GP suggested Alonso is starting to find pace again after a strong showing in qualifying, but the Spaniard reckons he's nowhere near his best just yet.
"I don't think so," Alonso told media, including RacingNews365, when asked about whether he's feeling 100% comfortable yet.
"Unfortunately, I think some time required to be 100% ready. I felt definitely more comfortable in the car. I feel better with team as well, better understanding of how the tyres behave over the long distances.
"Everything is getting a little bit easier. But you know, I'm sure that I will be better on Sunday afternoon here in Barcelona. That's what I feel now on Thursday and this is a natural progression I think."
Having taken time away from Formula 1 to race in the World Endurance Championship, IMSA, IndyCar and the Dakar Rally, Alonso believes there are skills he's learned away from F1 that he can bring to the table again.
"I think there are always things that you can bring in from different philosophies of racing," Alonso explained.
"As I said at the beginning of the year, I think the endurance team work that I experienced in the WEC or in Daytona, I think it was very useful to implement it here somehow and work a lot closer with your teammate and with your team. So the level of sharing and the level of teamwork, I think, is a little bit higher than any time in my career.
"And then there are things as a driver that you experiment in different categories as well. On IndyCar the restarts. So here that we have a lot of Safety Cars now in this last couple of years, that could be also a thing that you can take, you know, drivers for another categories, or the techniques that they use there into here.
"So, step by step, I don't think that there is a clear answer to that. But there are always more things that you are implementing without even noticing."