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Fernando Alonso

Alonso reveals Canadian GP expectations from front-row start

Despite starting a season-best P2 on the grid for the Canadian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso says his focus is on scoring as many points as possible, rather than trying to fight for the win.

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Fernando Alonso says his main aim is to convert his P2 starting position into a solid points finish in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

Alonso looked quick throughout Saturday's wet running, finishing top of Free Practice 3 that morning before hustling his Alpine around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to end the qualifying session in a surprise second place.

Despite stating his intention to attack pole-sitter and championship leader Max Verstappen at the first corner, Alonso nevertheless issued a more measured set of expectations for the outcome of the race.

"It's an amazing result for us to take second place, so I'm feeling very pleased," said Alonso.

"A little bit unexpected to be on the front row, but it will be very nice to line up there.

"Let's see if we can fight with Max into Turn 1. That said, aiming to score strong points will be our main goal.

"It'll be a long race in different conditions again, but I'm confident, so let's see what we can do on the day."

Alpine aiming for double points finish

With teammate Esteban Ocon lining up seventh on the grid, Alpine Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer echoed Alonso's assessment, saying that a strong points finish was the priority for the Enstone squad on Sunday.

"We can be very pleased with our Saturday effort today, with both cars in the mix to score good points in tomorrow's race," Szafnauer explained.

"Fernando has driven superbly all weekend so far and now he's fully focused on delivering a solid race to ensure he scores strong points for the team.

"We must remain focused on the race, plan a sensible strategy and put ourselves in contention to have both cars well inside the points."

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