2018 Spanish GP: McLaren Breaks the Q3 Barrier in Barcelona, Alonso to Start 8th!


Fernando Alonso for the first time this year has managed to sneak into the third part of qualifying, in front of his home fans in Spain.

Alonso will start from 8th place, ahead of fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz.

Nine of the top 10 drivers used the soft Pirellis to set their Q2 times, meaning all except Alonso, who used supersofts, will start on that compound.

Fernando’s gap to pole position has shrunk by one whole second since the last Grand Prix weekend in Azerbaijan – seemingly, McLaren’s upgrades are going in the right direction.

Team mate Stoffel Vandoorne has been out-qualified by Fernando Alonso for the 10th time in a row, which is less than ideal for the Belgian driver whose contract is due for renewal next season.

2018 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Qualifying Results
1.united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedes1’16.173 
2.finland Valtteri Bottas MercedesMercedes1’16.2130.040
3.germany Sebastian Vettel FerrariFerrari1’16.3050.132
4.finland Kimi Raikkonen FerrariFerrari1’16.6120.439
5.netherlands Max Verstappen Red BullTAG1’16.8160.643
6.australia Daniel Ricciardo Red BullTAG1’16.8180.645
7.denmark Kevin Magnussen HaasFerrari1’17.6761.503
8.spain Fernando Alonso McLarenRenault1’17.7211.548
9.spain Carlos Sainz RenaultRenault1’17.7901.617
10.france Romain Grosjean HaasFerrari1’17.8351.662

Fernando Alonso, Post-Qualifying:

“It was a good quali, so I’m very happy, without a doubt,we had been P13 three times in a row and today we took that step forward we needed.”

“I’m happy with this step forward. Now we need another to get close to the top teams. At least the positive note is that everything we brought for the car works as expected. Now we need to bring more things as quickly as possible.”

“Probably the downside of this position is still the gap, with the top six, they are in another league. And we need to keep chasing and closing that gap race after race.”

“This package is making me happy. In another way, this car, is supposed to be the Australian Grand Prix package, that delay, on the first improvement, and having it not at the first races, having it here, probably put us in a difficult position in the first races.”

“We saved them with a lot of points on Sundays with a little bit of luck and good races, but now we need to push the development and we need to bring new parts every single race.”

“The mediums work well and the yellow ones too, maybe better than the reds, and I think tomorrow they will be everybody’s favourite.”

“I have to start with the reds because I did Q2 with the reds, but if it rains tomorrow we’ll all start with intermediates or wets and everything that happened today doesn’t count much.”