The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya was the host for a close battle during today’s qualifying battle. Both Alpine drivers scored a lap of 1min 18.281 seconds to progress from Q1 to Q2.
Fernando just managed to squeeze through to Q3 to score 10th place on the grid tomorrow. While Alonso did reach the final segment of qualifying, he ended up finishing five places behind teammate Esteban Ocon.
“It’s been a good weekend so far as we are in the top ten again, the second time this season. It shows the progress of our car so that’s good. In terms of the session today I think my out-lap in Q3 was a little messy, so there was more time for me to find.
“Tomorrow I think we have to do a good start, good first lap and try to consolidate these points,” he said.
“There is always an opportunity. Races are very long and anything can happen, but I think realistically, there are not many places to overtake here.
"It’s going to be very tricky, so once you consolidate the positions after Lap 2, Lap 3, I think it’s going to be extremely difficult to overtake. We need to do a good start, be aggressive on the first lap, and then we’ll see.