McLaren in the hunt, says Alonso

Fri, 26 May 2006, 12:01

Championship leader Fernando Alonso thinks a new rival has joined the battle for victory in Monte Carlo — McLaren.

Renault’s Spaniard, quickest on Thursday morning in the Principality, was outpaced by a silver clad driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, in the afternoon.

”I believe McLaren are looking stronger here than they have recently,” the 24-year-old, to switch to the Woking based squad in 2007, said.

Alonso told reporters: ”Ferrari and McLaren seem to be on good form. I think Ferrari will fight for pole, even if they were not up the front (on Thursday).”

The reigning world champion, however, is less certain about how his own Michelin tyres will behave over a quick lap.

Like many rivals, he used only a single set of tyres in Thursday practice.

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