After ending ninth in remaining apply on Saturday morning at Imola, Alonso struggled throughout qualifying, scraping by means of Q1 earlier than propping up the timesheets in Q2.
In his second qualifying session since returning to F1 after a two-year absence, Alonso completed four-tenths off a Q3 berth, setting an an identical lap time to Williams’ Nicholas Latifi.
Alpine team-mate Esteban Ocon was in a position to attain Q3 and safe eighth place on the grid, marking the primary time Alonso had been outqualified by an F1 team-mate because the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Alonso mentioned after the session that he felt “upset” to not have made it by means of to Q3 as he did in Bahrain three weeks in the past, however took duty for failing to take action.
“I used to be not quick,” Alonso mentioned. “The automobile felt good, stability was good, and each time I completed the lap, I used to be fairly pleased with the way it felt, nevertheless it undoubtedly was too sluggish to be larger on the classification.
“It may be a troublesome race beginning on the again. Imola will not be well-known for overtaking alternatives, so you understand that it’s going to be a race to wrestle slightly bit on the again.”
Fernando Alonso, Alpine
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Alonso mentioned Alpine made some “minimal” adjustments to the automobile between FP3 and qualifying, and that the larger cause for his struggles was an absence of belief within the automobile as he continues to get again in control in F1.
“I do not suppose [the changes] made a huge effect on the efficiency, to be trustworthy,” Alonso mentioned.
“If I used to be feeling the automobile in a different way in qualifying than in FP3, perhaps I may perceive that we did one thing within the flawed route or one thing, however the automobile felt good in qualifying and felt the identical as FP3, so I assume it is extra right down to me.
“If you find yourself speaking about two- or three-tenths making [up] 5 – 6 locations, it’s tough to be 100% positive, however I assume I must get higher.
“I would like to know higher the place is the restrict of the automobile, perhaps in tough tracks. On demanding circuits like this one, you could have a belief degree within the automobile.
“These old-school tracks require some belief within the automobile and confidence to push on the restrict whereas qualifying arrives.
“Perhaps I am not into that degree but. I’ll attempt to enhance for the subsequent one.”