"There was more rhythm in the car"

Alonso regrets the eleventh and summarizes the change in format: "This was qualifying, Saturday is the first stint of the race and we stopped at night."


Fernando Alonso stayed in Q2 of the 'pre-qualification' and will start eleventh in Saturday's F1 Sprint. It was difficult to fine-tune the Alpine's settings with an hour of practice before putting the car on the track to compete for fast laps. The Asturian recognizes that the track conditions were not ideal, nor did the traffic help.

"It was difficult, it was windy and we had a bit more pace in the car, but it was not easy to handle the traffic on the first exit of Q2, and on the second attempt our lap out of the pits was also a bit disastrous. I don't think the final result changed much, but it would have been good to go to Q3 and unfortunately we weren't there, "said the two-time Spanish champion. His partner, Ocon, was 13th.

On the format being tested this weekend (and which will return at Monza and Interlagos) with a qualifying for the sprint that defines Sunday's grid: "This was qualifying, Saturday is the first stint of the race, then we stopped for evening and we will continue the race on Sunday. Interesting to see what we can learn from the process. ""Crowded stands, like a long time ago"

The format, the schedules and the stands change, full of fans, and the applause can be heard from the pilot's cabin. "It was incredible to see the stands, packed, and to feel that we were running like a long time ago. Until now it seemed that we were doing tests, I hope the fans have three days of excitement on the track because they deserve it, it was very special to race with so many public again, "commented the one from Alpine.

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