GP Japan: Alonso: “to Get into Q3 will be very tight”


Fernando Alonso has ended the day Friday at Suzuka recording the ninth best time in the first free practice session and eighth in the second. But the spaniard thinks that such positions do not reflect the reality, because some pilots were not able to complete his fast lap and, in addition, it is common for other teams to roll with less power on Friday.

“I Think we have to wait until tomorrow, because surely we will be a little worse that today. In the first session we did a good job despite the ‘sustillo’ and then we had a problem with leaks and had to change them. We try to recover with 37 laps and a lot of information in Free 2. We are eighth but, for example, Ricciardo failed to complete a lap and the others put more motor on Saturday. We will be skimming the Q3.

Alonso suffered an outflow of track in the first session, impacting with the rear spoiler against the protections, but getting back to the pits to return to the track later. But it was not the only inconvenience that had the Spanish, since the mechanics McLaren had to change to the new leak introduced in Sepang for another drive, since that was giving problems. After that, Alonso was able to regain the time lost and completed 37 laps in the second practice session.

The weather forecast for the weekend offers a real chance of rain at some point in the competition, but Alonso believes that, regardless of this, to get into Q3 will be complicated by the large equality that there is in the intermediate zone of the grill.

“The rain can change things and can come as well as bad, because it’s a bit of a lottery and there is that getting the right tires at the right time. We don’t care if it rains or not, because to get into the top ten will be ajustadísimo“.

His teammate Jenson Button had a good day, complaining about the behavior of his car and ending both sessions in the thirteenth and sixteenth position respectively.