Alonso: Fifth much better than expected

Alonso: Fifth much better than expected

Fernando Alonso says fifth place in today’s Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying is much better than he expected prior to the session.

The Spaniard comfortably made it through to the top 10 shoot-out, which was interrupted by a red flag thanks to an early rain shower. He managed to secure a top five position on the grid, but felt there was room for improvement.

However, he does not believe a higher grid position was possible. “I always think it’s a fantastic result, P5,” he said. “I don’t think that we could beat the guys in front.

“Probably if we go a little bit later with the track a little bit drier, we could do something, we could recover one-tenth or two-tenths – position four is six-tenths in front of me, so it doesn’t change too much.”

He was one of the earliest drivers to complete his final run in Q3 and was surprised by the position. “P5 is much better than what we expect,” Alonso added.

“If Hamilton was on track, if Felipe could do another lap, our position maybe would have been a little bit lower than that so we take some opportunities that arrive to us.”

He is hoping to move up a few positions on the start tomorrow. “Starting on the clean side, which normally here is very important in Hungary, so I expect a very strong start, hopefully gain some positions, try to be P4 or P3 at the end of the first lap, that will give us a chance.”

The Hungaroring holds special memories for Alonso, as it was the location of his debut F1 victory back in 2003. He is unlikely to repeat the result tomorrow, but is certainly aiming to leave the track with a good helping of points.

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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