2018 Chinese GP: Alonso to Start from 13th in Shanghai

Despite the best team efforts from McLaren in qualifying, attempting to tow one of the cars into Q3, it’s only 13th position for Fernando Alonso. Although it was disappointing qualifying pace, Fernando will be able to start the race on a fresh set of prime tyres – which might be a strategic advantage in the race, making the low start position not so bad.

 2018 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying Results
#DriverTeamEngineTimeGap
1.germany Sebastian VettelFerrariFerrari1’31.095 
2.finland Kimi RaikkonenFerrariFerrari1’31.1820.087
3.finland Valtteri BottasMercedesMercedes1’31.6250.530
4.united_kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes1’31.6750.580
5.netherlands Max VerstappenRed BullTAG1’31.7960.701
6.australia Daniel RicciardoRed BullTAG1’31.9480.853
7.germany Nico HulkenbergRenaultRenault1’32.5321.437
8.mexico Sergio PerezForce IndiaMercedes1’32.7581.663
9.spain Carlos Sainz Jr.RenaultRenault1’32.8191.724
10.france Romain GrosjeanHaasFerrari1’32.8551.760
13.spain Fernando AlonsoMcLarenRenault 1’33.232 2.137
14.belgium Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Renault 1’33.505 2.410

Stoffel Vandoorne towing Fernando Alonso in qualifying for the Chinese GP.

Fernando Alonso:

“We didn’t have the pace to make it into Q3 today. After we were P9 in Q1, we were a little bit more optimistic and thought we could make it into the top 10, but then in Q2 we weren’t quick enough.

“We were P11 in Australia, P13 in Bahrain and here, and that’s where we are at the moment for qualifying. Not enough, we know, as we seem to be slow on the straights, but we have the potential to improve that.

“Anyway, making it into Q3 would’ve meant starting the race tomorrow on Ultrasoft tyres, which I believe will degrade quite quickly on a hotter track due to the sunny weather forecast for tomorrow. So, in the end, I’m happy with P13 and a free choice of tyres.

“Our race pace is a little bit better than our quali pace, so by taking good care of the tyres, and with a good start and a good strategy, points are still very possible for us.”