Brazilian GP: Alonso to start from 6th

Fernando Alonso qualified in 7th place for the Brazilian GP, he’ll start from a brilliant 6th place tomorrow.

Formula 1 2017 Brazilian GP Free Practice Three Results
# Driver Time Gap Laps
1. Valtteri Bottas 1:09.281 24
2. Lewis Hamilton 1:09.284 +0.003s 26
3. Kimi Räikkönen 1:09.326 +0.045s 20
4. Sebastian Vettel 1:09.339 +0.058s 21
5. Daniel Ricciardo 1:10.244 +0.963s 14
6. Fernando Alonso 1:10.288 +1.007s 15
7. Sergio Perez 1:10.322 +1.041s 21
8. Esteban Ocon 1:10.357 +1.076s 23
9. Max Verstappen 1:10.495 +1.214s 9
10. Carlos Sainz 1:10.599 +1.318s 23

“I’m happy with P7 today, particularly because it was a difficult qualifying. Conditions were very tricky: you see drops of rain on the visor, and that takes some confidence away even when the asphalt is completely dry. So you have to trust what the car is doing, and commit to the corner even though your mind is saying something different.

“Yesterday, we weren’t completely happy with the balance of the car and with the performance, but today the car stepped up and we were more competitive.

“P6 is a fantastic starting position for scoring points, but we know that Hamilton and Ricciardo will come back very strongly tomorrow. I’ll try to defend as much as I can even though tomorrow we expect a very sunny day and completely dry conditions, so it’s not going to be easy to hold on to our position.

“A little bit of rain is always welcome for us. We seem to be more competitive in damp conditions, but being in the top 10 tomorrow is our goal. Saturday has been great, let’s see what Sunday brings.”

Formula 1 2017 Brazilian GP Qualifying Results
# Driver Team Time
1. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:08.322
2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:08.360
3. Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:08.538
4. Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:08.925
5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:09.330
6. Sergio Perez Force India 1:09.598
7. Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:09.617
8. Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:09.703
9. Carlos Sainz Renault 1:09.805
10. Felipe Massa Williams 1:09.841
Post qualifying reactions.