Fernando Alonso expecting difficult opening to Formula 1 season

The Australian Grand Prix takes place this weekend.

BY Simon Maguire 18:40 Thursday 23 March 2017, 18:40 23 Mar 2017

Fernando Alonso Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Getty Images

Former two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is expecting a difficult start to this season as he has completed the least amount of pre-season practice laps by anyone on the starting grid.

Speaking to formula1.com he said: "After a difficult two weeks of testing we’re prepared to face a difficult weekend in Melbourne. We’ll do our best with what we have and there’s a lot of hard work and collaboration happening within the team, but the lack of time before the first race means you have fewer options for big changes.

“The first step will be to work on reliability before we can make any assumptions or predictions about performance, and we will try to enjoy the weekend as much as we can.”

32-time Grand Prix winner has only completed 190 practice laps ahead of the opening Grand Prix of the season in Melbourne this weekend. 

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