BritishGP: Alonso Saturday Recap

Fernando impresses in a wet Saturday ahead of the race in Silverstone, where he will start last after a 30 place grid penalty.

Free practice 3 results:

 # Driver Time Gap Laps
1. Hamilton 1:28.063 18
2. Vettel 1:28.095 +0.032s 14
3. Bottas 1:28.137 +0.074s 20
4. Räikkönen 1:28.732 +0.669s 15
5. Hulkenberg 1:29.480 +1.417s 14
6. Ricciardo 1:29.612 +1.549s 15
7. Grosjean 1:29.819 +1.756s 14
8. Verstappen 1:29.904 +1.841s 13
9. Massa 1:29.959 +1.896s 19
10. Vandoorne 1:30.088 +2.025s 19
11. Alonso 1:30.138  +2.075s 17

Qualifying results:

# Driver Team Time
1. Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.600
2. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:27.147
3. Vettel Ferrari 1:27.356
4. Bottas Mercedes 1:27.376
5. Verstappen Red Bull 1:28.130
6. Hulkenberg Renault 1:28.856
7. Perez Force India 1:28.902
8. Ocon Force India 1:29.074
9. Vandoorne McLaren 1:29.418
10. Grosjean Haas 1:29.549
13. Alonso McLaren 1:30.600

A bravura effort from Fernando Alonso in Q1 saw him scrape over the line by the tiniest of margins to start one last flying lap. It was worth it: on a drying but still damp track, on slicks, he established the fastest overall time of the first session.

After setting the 13th-fastest time in Q2, he will start from the back of the grid tomorrow owing to a 30-place grid penalty for PU component changes.

Fernando’s thoughts about his qualifying:

“We made the right call at the end of Q1 by switching to Option tyres. We took advantage of a track that was on the limit at that moment – and it was nice to hear people cheering. It’s good for the guys in the garage as well: they deserve it as they have been working so hard these past couple of years, and, even if it’s just for one moment, to be up there at the top of the time sheets feels good.

“Not making it into Q3 allows us to choose our tyres for the race. We’ll start last, owing to the penalties; starting on used Q2 tyres wouldn’t have been ideal, so we’re relatively happy with 13th.

“Now we need to think about tomorrow. We proved today that we’re quite competitive in mixed conditions, so a wet/dry chaotic race could work in our favour. Hopefully it’ll stay like this tomorrow, weather-wise.”