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Fernando Alonso

Alonso praises 'mega' car after P2 qualifying performance

Fernando Alonso was full of praise for his Alpine team after qualifying in second for the Canadian Grand Prix.

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Fernando Alonso was full of praise for the Alpine team after qualifying second for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The 40-year-old finished runner-up to Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the qualifying hour, and ahead of Ferrari's Carlos Sainz.

The two-time Formula 1 World Champion had been looking quick all weekend, and even topped the wet Free Practice 3 earlier in the day.

Speaking after qualifying, Alonso was buoyed by the Alpine A522's qualifying pace, something which he believes the team have lacked so far this season.

"It feels great. It's been an unbelievable weekend so far for us," Alonso told Sky Sports F1.

"We've been competitive in free practice, which normally we are on Friday, but then on Saturday we seem to lose a little bit of pace."

Alonso praises "mega" car

This Canadian GP qualifying result is Alonso's best since the 2012 German Grand Prix, when he took pole position in his last championship-challenging campaign for Ferrari.

With misfortunes hampering Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Red Bull's Sergio Perez, Alonso's chances of an impressive qualifying result increased throughout the sessions.

On top of that, the Spaniard added that the performance of the car was a big factor in his qualifying achievement.

"Thanks to the wet conditions today, the car was mega," added Alonso.

"I was so comfortable with with driving this car and I think the fans also pushed me to make that extra push."

When asked about his expectations for the race, Alonso quipped: "Let's see, I think we'll attack Max on the first corner."

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