Alpine’s Fernando Alonso is happy with the performance is team is having at the Red Bull Ring, and says they’re on track to achieving great results over the weekend, with the aim of Q3 and double-points.

 “It was a good Friday for us and yes, we were expecting rain. It didn’t happen, so we were able to test our normal programme. Happy with the tires, happy with the car balance – we’re still to fine-tune some corners to optimize the lap time – but it was a positive Friday, and [I’m] confident for tomorrow.

“Maybe… on Friday we look a bit more competitive than what we look on Saturday and Sunday, but the aim is to be in Q3 with both cars and in the points on Sunday with both cars. It seems achievable here, so let’s try to do it,” he added.

His teammate, Esteban Ocon, is a bit more realistic, saying they shouldn’t be too excited as it is only Friday. Still, the Frenchman is positive.

“It was pretty decent but it’s only Friday, so we need to stay focused and address a few things that we still have to work on. I will be very happy if that’s where we are tomorrow, but we have to stay realistic and fight our way through still, so let’s see tomorrow.

“So definitely, it’s been a good day, but there’s plenty to look at, which is positive, because if you are stuck in a corner that’s never great news.”

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