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Fernando Alonso

The balancing act facing Alonso and Alpine on qualifying day

Fernando Alonso demonstrated competitive pace during Friday practice at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, placing fourth and ahead of Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz.

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Fernando Alonso says Alpine must put the finishing touches on their Baku set-up without sacrificing any of their top-end speed.

AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly described the top speed of Alonso's Alpine as "pretty scary" following Friday's FP2 session at the Baku City Circuit.

Alonso placed fourth come the end of the day, ahead of the Ferrari of countryman Carlos Sainz, with his sights set on matching that performance during qualifying.

"We still need to optimise a few things on the setup of the car ahead of Qualifying tomorrow," admitted the 40-year-old, who on Sunday will set a new record for the longest career (21 years, three months, and one day) in F1 history.

"However, we seemed fast, so we’ll work to ensure we keep this sort of pace [on Saturday].

"We seem fast on the straights," he continued. "It’s sometimes a setup compromise with this type of circuit, but let’s see how we go."

Ocon: The car seems competitive

Alonso isn't alone in setting his sights on a fine result on Sunday with teammate Esteban Ocon also happy with the pace of his car during Friday practice.

The 25-year-old has a 20-point advantage over his multiple World Champion teammate after seven rounds of the 2022 season.

The Frenchman said: "It was a decent day for us overall. Baku is a place where you really need to make the most of these practice sessions and get the laps in.

"The car seems competitive, so that’s good to see, but we’ll have to put it all together [during qualifying]."

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