2018 German GP: Alonso with Free Tyre Choice as He Qualifies 11th

Fernando Alonso, Qualifying, Germany 2018
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Fernando Alonso qualified in 11th place for the 2018 German Grand Prix, putting him into prime position, to score points tomorrow.

McLaren team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne was in a lone 20th place, 0.744s slower than Alonso.

Meaning the Spaniard has already mathematically won the team-mate qualifying battle against Vandoorne, Alonso leads 11-0 with 10 more qualifyings left in the season.

Although Fernando Alonso’s great performance, it has to be taken into consideration, that both Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo did not run in Q2, making them a big threat coming from the back tomorrow.

Fernando Alonso, Post-Qualifying:

“I’m definitely happy with 11th, as it’s a small pole position for the midfield group. Tomorrow we’ll start on the tyres we wish, and they’ll be new, so it’s a great opportunity to score points as we’re starting already close to the points zone. It’ll be a close fight but normally on Sundays we pick up a little bit of pace, so we’ll try to do our best and have a good race.”

“We had the benefit of Hamilton and Ricciardo not running, this is clear, but still we completed a good qualifying.”

“The car is getting better; the new parts are definitely improving our performance but everyone else is making small steps every race so we keep more or less the same gap with our rivals. However, we are moving in the right direction and hopefully we can bring more and bigger upgrades to the next few races.”

“We need both McLarens to score points so we have to find what the issue on Stoffel’s car is, as it’s the second race that we’ve seen less downforce and a problem with that car.”

2018 Formula 1 German Grand Prix Qualifying Results
 DriverTeam
EngineTimeGap
1.germany Sebastian VettelFerrariFerrari1’11.212 
2.finland Valtteri BottasMercedesMercedes1’11.4160.204
3.finland Kimi RaikkonenFerrariFerrari1’11.5470.335
4.netherlands Max VerstappenRed BullTAG1’11.8220.610
5.denmark Kevin MagnussenHaasFerrari1’12.2000.988
6.france Romain GrosjeanHaasFerrari1’12.5441.332
7.germany Nico Hulkenberg RenaultRenault1’12.5601.348
8.spain Carlos Sainz  RenaultRenault1’12.6921.480
9.monaco Charles LeclercSauberFerrari1’12.7171.505
10.
mexico Sergio Perez Force IndiaMercedes1’12.7741.562
11.spain Fernando AlonsoMcLarenRenault1’13.6572.445