2018 Spanish GP: Fernando Alonso 8th in Dull Barcelona Race

It was a tough home race for Fernando Alonso in Spain, having to recover from a start incident with Carlos Sainz, it was ultimately 8th place for Fernando, exactly where he started the race.

Having started on super soft tyres, Alonso had a disadvantage right from the get go – though his start was a good one, challenging Daniel Ricciardo into turn one, but the Spaniard eventually had to yield the position.

Alonso was battling with Sainz going into corner two, but as the son of the rally legend had to take avoiding action against Romain Grosjean, he pushed Fernando Alonso off track where he eventually lost three positions from his grid position.

The Safety Car was out on track, after Romain Grosjean caused a huge collision involving two other drivers.

After racing resumed, Alonso immediately overtook Esteban Ocon for 10th place – where Fernando got stuck behind Charles Leclerc.

When Kimi Räikkönen suffered a race ending engine problem on lap 25, Fernando had already stopped for a fresh set of medium tyres – meaning Alonso was in 9th after the field sorted itself.

Esteban Ocon stopped on track, bringing out the Virtual Safety Car on lap 41, Fernado was still stuck behind Leclerc at this point.

Once the VSC ended, Alonso jumped Leclerc for 8th place, who seemingly slept at the restart.

Fernando Alonso eventually finished the race in 8th place, behind Sainz who suffered fuel pressure problems in the last laps, but the gap was big enough for him to keep his position.

2018 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix Race Results
#DriverTeamEngineGap
1.united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedes 
2.finland Valtteri Bottas MercedesMercedes20.593
3.netherlands Max Verstappen Red BullTAG26.873
4.germany Sebastian Vettel FerrariFerrari27.584
5.australia Daniel Ricciardo Red BullTAG50.058
6.denmark Kevin Magnussen HaasFerrari1 lap
7.spain Carlos Sainz RenaultRenault1 lap
8.spain Fernando Alonso McLarenRenault1 lap
9.mexico Sergio Perez Force IndiaMercedes2 laps
10.monaco Charles Leclerc SauberFerrari2 laps

Fernando Alonso, Post-Race:

“We started on the Supersoft tyres today because of yesterday’s qualifying, so the plan was to gain some positions in the first couple of laps and then stop very early to change tyres. Instead, we found ourselves losing several positions in the first lap because of the incident at Turn Two, so at that point I thought it was impossible to get any points today. But, luckily, we had a good race, we had a good strategy with a good call for only one stop on the Medium tyres, and we took those four points.”

“During the race, I was concentrating more on the sky than the cheering grandstands, as in some corners there were very dark clouds. I thought maybe some rain could have helped us, but unfortunately it didn’t come in the end.”

“It was difficult to overtake today – I was behind Leclerc for a long time – as we are still lacking some straight-line speed to be able to pass. This is something we’re working on; we know where our car’s weaknesses lie and hopefully we’ll find a solution quite soon. We made a good step forward here, but we know it’s going to be a tough battle until the end of the season. It’s important to score points every race and we have done so far for five consecutive races. I’m happy right now.”

Enjoy Fernando’s post race interview & the best team radios from the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.