You can’t have everything in this life and this time Fernando Alonso has lacked being Kevin Magnussen to become the hero of the day in Brazil.
The wheel of fortune did not smile at Alonso
the pilot of Alpine benefited from the mixed conditions during the qualifying session at Interlagos. We already know that Fernando is an expert in adverse situations. The Spaniard, who was proclaimed champion in Sao Paulo 16 years ago, had the hands and, above all, the machine to surprise more than one favorite on Friday.
As we have been getting used to in the wet this year, Alonso flirted with the first position on several occasions along with pilots like Verstappen or Norris. However, and before the arrival of the intense rain of Q3, other teams were more successful with the positioning in the pit lane and Fernando was relegated to seventh place, even behind his teammate Ocon, who will start sixth in Saturday’s Sprint.
Getting off the car, the Spaniard showed his disappointment at having missed the penultimate bullet of 2022: “We probably missed the chance to finish in front ahead of the sprint”, he acknowledged: “When it started to rain in Q3 it was always going to be a win-win scenario for those leading the pack.”, he added.
Despite the slight disappointment, the man from Oviedo concluded satisfied with his work in the classification: “We had to execute everything in very difficult conditions. At the beginning we adapted very quickly with the intermediate tires and it was good to take the first place. Once we switched to dry tires, we were back in first place. We seemed to be fast in all those challenging conditionsAlonso added.
With such a turbulent grid and with points at stake on Saturday, Fernando bets on a risky start: “Tomorrow the objective is to gain positions and I am sure that it will be possible”, concluded the 41-year-old pilot, confident that the benefits of the A522 in Brazil can propel him forward.