Abu Dhabi GP: Free tyre choice as Alonso qualifies 11th

Fernando closely missed the top ten and will start from 11th place for the final race of the 2017 season, with a free tyre choice.

“I’m happy with 11th – it’s what we deserved today. I don’t think we were super-quick in qualifying, and it’s not worth making it into Q3 to be ninth or 10th and then start on a scrubbed set, when the guy just behind you can start on fresh tyres. Tomorrow we’ll be that guy, and we’ll take advantage of the situation.

“We extracted the maximum, but when we get to qualifying everyone seems to have a magic qualifying mode button for their engines, so we step back a little bit.

“I’m also happy with the car balance – it has been good all weekend: we were seventh and eighth this morning and we’re looking quite competitive on the long runs, so for race pace we should be there and tomorrow we have a good opportunity to score points.

“I hope tomorrow we will put on a good show and an exciting race, especially now that there’s no pressure for anyone, and there are no championship points to fight for as nearly all positions are basically decided.”

Formula 1 2017 Abu Dhabi GP Qualifying Results
# Driver Team Time
1. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:36.231
2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:36.403
3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.777
4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:36.959
5. Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:36.985
6. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:37.328
7. Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:38.282
8. Sergio Perez Force India 1:38.374
9. Esteban Ocon Force India 1:38.397
10. Felipe Massa Williams 1:38.550
11. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:38.636