Fernando Alonso (7th): “It will be a fight for survival” / Formula 1

Fernando Alonso (7th): “It will be a fight for survival” / Formula 1

Formula 1 veteran Fernando Alonso made it through the final qualifying session in Abu Dhabi and was seventh fastest there. The Spaniard is satisfied, but also issues a warning about the year-end doctor.

Saturday in Abu Dhabi started badly for Fernando Alonso. In the third period of free practice, the two-time world champion could not pass 14th place, his teammate Lance Stroll was behind him. The Canadian player also did not enter the top 10 in qualifying and had to settle for 13th place.

Alonso, on the other hand, managed to break into the top 10 in seventh place in Q2 and the Asturian was also seventh fastest in the final section. He later said: “I’m very happy. Because in the third training session we weren’t competitive yet. That’s why I had a little doubt about our speed this weekend.”

“But in Race 1 we were stronger than expected,” admitted Alonso, who finished 13th in Series 1 after the first 18 minutes. I was able to build my confidence in the car every session and in the end I got a good result and seventh place,” he added proudly.

“It’s a real art to deal with the rapid development of track conditions and at the same time to manage the change from soft worn tires to a clean set. That made qualifying difficult,” emphasized the 42-year-old. And with the intention of the race those, he said: “I think the tire damage will make the race a fight for recovery. Let’s hope for a little chaos.”

Qualifying, Abu Dhabi

01. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, 1:23,445 minutes
02. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, 1:23,584
03. Oscar Piastri (AUS), McLaren, 1:23.782
04. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, 1:23,788
05. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, 1:23.816
06. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, 1:23,968
07. Fernando Alonso (E), Aston Martin, 1:24.084
08. Nico Hülkenberg (D), Haas, 1:24.108
09. Sergio Pérez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, 1:24.171
10. Pierre Gasly (F), Alpine, 1:24,548
11. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, 1:24,359
12. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, 1:24,391
13. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, 1:24,422
14. Alex Albon (T), Williams, 1:24,439
15. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), AlphaTauri, 1:24.442
16. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, 1:24.738
17. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, 1:24.764
18. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, 1:24,788
19. Guanyu Zhou (RCH), Alfa Romeo, 1:25,159
20. Logan Sargeant (USA), Williams, no time