Fernando Alonso ended a disappointing qualifying session for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon due to a misunderstanding. The Spaniard was only seventeenth on the grid and then explained that overtaking would be difficult. Together with Alpine, Alonso has decided to take the opportunity to install several new parts on the A522. It’s the fourth time Alonso has had new drivetrain components fitted and there is a penalty for that. As a result, the man from Oviedo loses a few grid positions and starts at the very end of the race.
Alonso is already ready for its fourth combustion engine Turbo, MGU-H and MGU-K and that’s more than the allowed three. Also, the Spaniard has his third energy storage and electronics in Barcelona, of which only a maximum of two can be used without penalties. When it comes to the exhaust, Alonso is still safe. He has eight of them available and is now on his first.
What does Alonso expect from the race?
The Alpine driver believes that the only way to get ahead in the Spanish Grand Prix is with a safety car. The Spaniard had a disappointing qualifying session on Saturday, finishing only seventeenth. In his last attempt to set a time in the first part of qualifying, Alonso stayed close to Lando Norris’ car as the Spaniard felt he didn’t have enough time. After that there seemed to be enough leeway but due to a misunderstanding with the team this hampered his chances of getting into Q2. The alpine man never got past the seventeenth time. Alonso expects a tough race unless he’s lucky.
“When I was behind Lando I thought I had a second or two left, but after that it was 20,” said Alonso Motorsport.com† “I certainly would have left a gap if I had known that sooner. I heard on the radio that it’s very tight. They said I have to go, so I did it right away. At the end of the ride it wasn’t necessary.” was a misunderstanding that I paid a heavy price for because when you start at the back in Barcelona, everything becomes more difficult.”
Alonso admits it won’t be easy to assert yourself in the race in front of your home crowd. “There’s not much you can do about that,” the Spaniard from Oviedo continues. “This is Barcelona. Overtaking is difficult and you can quickly puncture the tires behind other cars. So we’ll see: “If the safety car comes at the right time, maybe I’ll get lucky and get points. But I doubt it will happen. I expect a tough race.”
Teammate Esteban Ocon had better luck in qualifying and made it into Q2. The Frenchman rode this section for the twelfth time. He believes there is even more potential in the A522. “I had a hard time keeping the tires alive, that probably hurt us more than the others,” said Ocon. “Everything got tight, but I expected to be two tenths down. It’s going in the right direction, so I’m disappointed with this result. It’s not where we should be. But on Sunday there are still many possibilities. All possible strategies are in place. We still have a new set of tires for everything. I’m excited about our pace.”