After a strong weekend in Monaco where he achieved his best F1 result since 2014, Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso expects Red Bull to be “untouchable” in Spain.
F1 heads to Barcelona this weekend for round 7 of the championship just after Monaco where Aston Martin and Alonso challenged Red Bull.
The Spaniard pushed Max Verstappen all weekend, demanding a brilliant qualifying lap from the Dutchman steal the post.
The championship leader was also under pressure during the race and his final margin of victory was inflated Aston Martin bets on slick tires for Alonso.
However, the 41-year-old does not expect to be in that position again this weekend as he suggests Red Bull will reassert its dominance.
“I will not put pressure on my team or myself next week,” he said after the race in Monaco.
“We saw the race pace today, yesterday was very close in qualifying, but today in the race we saw Red Bull very dominant again.
“So we have to accept that next weekend it could be like we’ve seen in every other race this year where Red Bull is untouchable.”
While Red Bull is expected to remain class on the grid, there are open questions about the order behind the Milton Keynes team.
in Monaco, Mercedes introduced a new car concept tries to rediscover his winning form.
The potential for this has been masked in the principality, although the team will be keen to find out more about their current Barcelona package.
This could mean a step up towards Ferrari, which also had updates coming, and Aston Martin.
“We have to see on a normal circuit what the Mercedes package is and the improvements that Ferrari will apparently bring to Barcelona as well,” said Alonso.
“We’ve been down to earth and like I said in Miami there will be a few weekends a year where we’ll just be seventh and eighth and we have to accept that as well as a few more that we’ll be fighting for the podium.
So I won’t go into Barcelona thinking I’m going to win and disappoint anyone.