Bahrain Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso hails pace of new Aston Martin as ‘too good to be true’

Fernando Alonso says qualifying fifth ahead of both Mercedes cars in his first race for Aston Martin felt “too good to be true”. Ferrari have been struggling with excessive tyre wear over longer stints and Alonso said that he and Aston Martin felt that fighting for a podium place in the race on Sunday was possible. “But now we start P5 and we fight with the Ferraris for the podium and this is just incredible. Lewis Hamilton, who was just 0.044secs slower than Mercedes team-mate Russell in seventh place, said: “I am genuinely happy for Aston. “They have pretty much the whole back end of our car, they have half our car,” Hamilton said. “We are lacking overall downforce, particularly at the rear,” Hamilton said.

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