Fernando Alonso shows his worth every time conditions get complicated and today in Silverstone was not the exception. The two times world champion led Alpine to Q3 and set the 7th fastest time with 1:41.598 between Britons Lando Norris and George Russell who will start 6th and 8th respectively.
Alonso´s teammate, Esteban Ocon couldn´t advance from Q2 and will start tomorrow´s British GP from the 15th place.
Alonso navigated within the top 10 during the three sessions showing strong pace and drive under the changing conditions just as he did in Canada two weeks ago.
Asked about if he was close to repeat Canada´s heroic second place, Fernando explained “It was close “and then he added “I felt it was time to deliver again some risky laps.”
He also explained a misunderstanding that cost him a better starting position, “At the end, we misunderstood each other in the radio with the team. We didn´t know how much time left for the final push. So, I crossed the line with three seconds margin but with no battery because I emptied the battery on the previous lap so effectively I crossed the line first not last in the previous lap and I think it cost me maybe fourth or fifth but with Lewis and George around me I think that´s unrealistic to qualify in front of them. So, I think we are more in our natural position seventh or eighth.”
The ever-changing British weather may shuffle the order tomorrow. However, Alonso remains confident.
“It feels good in dry and wet but good to fight for seventh or eighth. So, I think we start in our natural position. Let´s see if there´s some action in front of us that we can benefit if not is more try to secure those points and keep an eye on the people behind.”
Alonso is currently running 10th in the Driver´s championship with 18 points behind teammate Esteban Ocon with 39. Alpine is 5th in the constructors championship with 57 points six points ahead of Alfa Romeo and 8 points behind McLaren.