Alonso concedes Ferrari simply messed up during qualifying
Fernando Alonso has chalked down Ferrari’s dismal qualifying display at Silverstone to bad luck and a simple error.
Ferrari had both of its cars eliminated in the opening part of qualifying on Saturday, after the team failed to react to the changing conditions in the final minutes of Q1.
Fernando Alonso and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen qualified just 19th and 20th, as the slowest of the runners to set a time, although the pair will start 16th and 18th owing to penalties for Max Chilton, Esteban Gutierrez and Pastor Maldonado.
The Spaniard says that the result was simply down to bad luck on the day, comparing the fortunes of the Scuderia with that of the Marussia team, who achieved the highest grid position in their history after gambling during the wet opening part of qualifying.
“It’s definitely some luck there,” he explained. “As I said, you do the dry tyres like Marussia and you are P4, which is fantastic.
“You do the dry tyres and there is this little rain in one corner, and you crash and you are stupid, so it’s a narrow line to be a hero or make a big mistake.
“This is definitely some luck, but it was the same conditions for everybody. As I said, you see two Williams and two Ferraris in the TV ring out of Q1, those two teams did something wrong.”
The Spaniard is not ruling out a charge up the order on race day, especially if the weather remains changeable, as it was during qualifying.
“I think mixed conditions will help,” he said. “If it’s a multiple pit stop race, many changes throughout the race, dry-wet-dry-wet-dry-wet, that will help because in one lap you can gain 30 seconds if you’re on the right tyres at that moment.
“When you start 19th there is nothing to lose, so we’ll see which type of race we have.”
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