Fernando Alonso called his qualifying effort on the Chinese Grand Prix as ‘divine gift’ after he drove one of the best laps of his life and ended up 13th fastest and 10th fastest in Q1.
Alonso was 17th fastest in third practice session and didn’t have high expectations for Saturday’s qualifying, but in the end he drove one of the best laps in his life and placed McLaren Honda MCL32 on the 13th place with 2.191 seconds behind the fastest Q2 time of Kimi Raikkonen.
“As in Australia, it was one of the best laps in my life,” said Alonso.
“In Australia and here I have a good feeling with the car, I feel I can push to the limit.”
“Predictions were pessimistic, especially because yesterday we could not drive, and on the third training session we were 17th and 19th with maximum power. We thought that we will fight with Saubers for the last places.”
Alonso in McLaren (13th) and Ericsson in Sauber (14th) in the end both qualified in Q2 after beating several faster cars in Q1.
“In the end, 13th place is a divine gift.”
Alonso had a problem with an engine in Q2, but in the end he managed to drive two flying laps without problems.
“I do not know if the team knows why this happened, I hope that we will know before the race.”
“If it is dry, as soon as we get back to the back straight we will end up in 15th or 16th place.”
“In the wet, we will still be 15th or 16th at the end of the straight, but we will try to take more risks in the corners. It’s risky, but we have nothing to lose.”
Alonso’s team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne missed Q2 by six hundredths of a second and will start the race from 16th place.