Fernando Alonso (3rd): “It was very difficult” / Formula 1

Fernando Alonso (3rd): “It was very difficult” / Formula 1

In qualifying for the fastest lap at the Shanghai circuit, Fernando Alonso had the third fastest lap. The two-time champion admitted after hunting for a while that the rain caused a lot of stress.

The reason for the success in the final part of the Chinese race was the tires. Whoever could bring the black gold to the work window was among the winners. Anyone who failed to do so met a disappointing end to hunting times. One of the lucky ones was Fernando Alonso, who was able to celebrate the third fastest lap at the end.

Afterwards, the Asturian admitted: “To be honest, it was very stressful because at the beginning of the sprint qualifying we had to keep an eye on the weather radar because the rain could start at any second.” And he explained: “We were able to make good progress in the first part, but after that we were successful in Q3.”

“So I wasn’t strong on the dry slopes,” analyzed Alonso somewhat, and explained: “In SQ3, the rain ensured that no two laps were the same. The tires improved with each lap, but at the same time the track conditions worsened as the rain increased.

“It was very difficult to accurately assess the level of grip and get the risk management right. “I’m more happy about the third place,” added the 32nd GP winner, who explained in relation to the GP: “We still don’t have a proper idea of ​​our performance in the conditions of racing, but we will do it. find out more and sprint. Let’s see if we qualify well for the GP and then we’ll see how things go for the GP.”

Sprint Qualifying, China

01. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, 1:57,940 minutes
02. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, 1:59,201
03. Fernando Alonso (E), Aston Martin, 1:59.915
04. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 2:00,028
05. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, 2:00.214
06. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, 2:00.375
07. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, 2:00,566
08. Oscar Piastri (AUS), McLaren, 2:00.990
09. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Sauber, 2:01.044
10. Guanyu Zhou (RCH), Sauber, 2:03,537
11. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, 1:36,345
12. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, 1:36.473
13. Nico Hülkenberg (D), Haas, 1:36.478
14. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), Bull Racing, 1:36.553
15. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, 1:36,677
16. Pierre Gasly (F), Alpine, 1:37,632
17. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, 1:37,720
18. Alex Albon (T), Williams, 1:37,812
19. Yuki Tsunoda (J), Racing Bulls, 1:37,892
20. Logan Sargeant (USA), Williams, 1:37,923