Fernando Alonso says qualifying on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez proved “harder than anticipated” however the Alpine charger was however happy together with his ninth-place consequence.
Alonso negotiated nicely the primary two segments of the Saturday afternoon session and executed his closing run in Q3 on a transparent monitor, which positioned him simply behind McLaren’s Lando Norris, Alpine’s championship rival, within the pecking order.
“It was somewhat bit harder than anticipated right now however we’re nonetheless fairly happy to be in ninth place on the grid for tomorrow’s race,” commented the Spaniard.
“It’s good we’re on the clear aspect of the grid and simply behind Lando.
“Normally, I didn’t really feel that quick and struggled with the stability of the automobile. I used to be tenth in Q2 and so I believe ninth was probably our most right now.
“With the distinctive temperatures and altitude of this race, we will’t take something as a right. That’s the identical for everybody this weekend and we’ll do our greatest to take factors on the chequered flag.”
Alpine nonetheless holds an eleven-point lead versus McLaren within the Constructors’ standings by which the 2 groups are battling for fourth.
Esteban Ocon’s presence among the many high ten, simply behind his group and forward of Daniel Ricciardo on the grid, means each Alpines will likely be fiercely combating their McLaren rival on Sunday, and the Frenchman says he is prepared “for all potentialities”.
“It’s a superb group qualifying consequence with each Fernando and I inside the highest ten, which is all the time our minimal objective,” stated Ocon.
“We did nicely to maximise the potential of the automobile right now although I believe there was a little bit of efficiency left on the desk in Q3 after a strong Q1 and Q2.
“Nonetheless, it’s all very shut, we’re within the combine for factors, and we all know tomorrow will likely be a struggle. We’ll must be at our greatest as a group to come back out with good factors from the race.
“I do know we’ll be prepared for all potentialities.”
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