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Alonso optimistic about Alpine chances in Monaco

Alpine have made significant progress in the last few races after a bumpy start to life in Formula 1 for the rebranded French team. Fernando Alonso wants to convert that momentum into points in Monaco this weekend.

Fernando Alonso has said Alpine are in with a chance of scoring points with both cars at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix after the former world champion finished out of the points in Spain. Alonso has finished behind his teammate Esteban Ocon in each race so far this season as he works to reacclimatise to life in F1, but despite a tough start to the season the French team has begun to challenge the likes of Ferrari and McLaren higher up the grid in the last two races. And heading into this weekend's race in Monaco, Alonso told RacingNews365.com and other select media that the team was capable of scoring points with both drivers at the tight street circuit. "I try to be positive and I think the car should perform well here," he said. "With the slow speed corners we are optimistic about our changes to get into Q3 and chances to win points with both cars. We have to deliver the job on Saturday especially, but it should be a good weekend." Alonso added that he would be pushing just as hard during the all-important qualifying session on Saturday as at a track with full run off areas given the difficulty of overtaking around the circuit. "I think Saturdays are crucial here to get the result, so that lap on Saturday you are at 100%, you're not saving anything," he said. "So I think you're at your most conservative on Sunday, but on Saturday I would say that it's a normal qualifying lap."

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