2018 French GP: Both McLaren’s Fail to Surpass Q1, Alonso to Start 16th

Fernando Alonso, Paul Ricard, Qualfying
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McLaren have not managed to improve their Friday practice pace, as they deliver one of McLaren’s worst qualifying results in the teams history, with both cars failing to go through to Q2.

The Woking based team successfully beat their worst qualifying effort from Montreal – Fernando Alonso has qualified in 16h place, with team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne in 18th.

The faster McLaren of Fernando Alonso was 2.9s off Lewis Hamilton’s pole position time.

Unless rain affects tomorrow’s race, it’ll be a very difficult task for either of the cars, but Alonso stays optimistic.

Fernando Alonso, Post-Qualifying:

“This was a disappointing session for us.”

“Our performance has usually been so-so on Saturdays, with our average position in qualifying so far this year being 13th. That said, I have scored points in every single race I have finished, and hopefully tomorrow will be one of those Sundays.”

“There was nothing wrong with the balance of the car today; our lap-time was just not quick enough to make it into Q2. In our pre-quali meeting, we said we thought we would be around 14th or 15th, so this is more or less where we expected to finish.”

2018 Formula 1 French Grand Prix Qualifying Results
 DriverTeam
EngineTimeGap
1.united_kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes1’30.029 
2.finland Valtteri BottasMercedesMercedes1’30.1470.118
3.germany Sebastian VettelFerrariFerrari1’30.4000.371
4.netherlands Max VerstappenRed BullTAG1’30.7050.676
5.australia Daniel RicciardoRed BullTAG1’30.8950.866
6.finland Kimi RaikkonenFerrariFerrari1’31.0571.028
7.spain Carlos SainzRenaultRenault1’32.1262.097
8.monaco Charles Leclerc SauberFerrari1’32.6352.606
16.spain Fernando AlonsoMcLarenRenault1’32.9762.947
18.belgium Stoffel VandoorneMcLarenRenault1’33.1623.133