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Fernando Alonso

Alonso laments 'stressful' Singapore qualifying

The Alpine driver was one of the first to set quick laps on the slick tyres on the drying track, eventually going on to qualify in fifth place around the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

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Fernando Alonso has lamented a "stressful" Singapore Grand Prix qualifying, describing the tricky conditions as they ran on the slick tyres in the final part of the session.

The Alpine driver said trying to attempt a lap was "borderline to be enjoyable" due to having to increase his pace lap-by-lap around the tough street circuit.

"It was it was a stressful, no doubt, even borderline to be enjoyable," he told media, including RacingNews365.

"The level of risk and stress is quite quite high. When we fit the dry tires in Q3 it was a brave move from everybody because it was just a guess, but eventually was the right decision.

"But to go every lap faster and faster than the previous lap, just hoping that the car will stay on track and it will be drier than one minute and a half ago is just a lot of stress."

Main target to score more points than McLaren

Alpine brought updates to their floor this weekend, which is significant in the fight for fourth in the Constructors' Championship with McLaren who also brought major upgrades to their car.

Alonso says the main aim will be to outscore McLaren in the race, but warns that it might be tricky if the race turns out to be dry.

"I think if it's dry it's gonna be difficult to overtake, so it will be nice to secure the top five and score more points than McLaren, which will be the main target again," he added.

"If it's wet there are a lot of things that could happen. It could be very good race for us, or very bad if you crash or whatever, maybe could be a DNF.

"It's a lot of risk if it's wet tomorrow but we are two positions away from the podium, so why not to dream big tonight?"

Alpine more competitive after upgrades

Even though Alonso believes the upgrades from Alpine have added performance, he thinks the gains have been marginal compared to their pace relative to their rivals.

"I think we are more competitive thanks to the upgrade for sure," he explained.

"But maybe when we update the car we add a tenth of a second, so we are seven tenths clear of Norris behind and five tenths away from Sainz.

"So I could race with [our] Bahrain car and [I'll be] still in the same position probably."

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