The Alpine driver certified ninth – one place and zero.06s behind team-mate Esteban Ocon – in Budapest after enduring what he reckoned to be a supposed drop off within the Pirelli delicate tyre efficiency in Q3 in comparison with the earlier set he had used for his Q2 flying lap.
Alonso nonetheless heralded a “crucial Saturday” at a decent circuit the place it’s notoriously “troublesome to overhaul” and reckoned his ninth spot would supply a larger profit off the road, the Spaniard set to launch from the clear facet of the grid, which is “extra noticeable” in Hungary.
However he warned of the warning wanted into the primary nook ought to third-starting Verstappen and polesitter Hamilton conflict in consecutive races following their controversial first-lap collision within the British Grand Prix earlier this month.
Double world champion Alonso reckoned drivers may acquire positions “without spending a dime” in the event that they had been “intelligent” and had been capable of keep away from getting concerned in “a bit little bit of motion” on the entrance.
He stated: “I feel it will be hotter in entrance of us.
“We are going to attempt to get well locations. I feel we will.
“In my case, I begin on the clear facet.
“This is likely one of the circuits that it’s extra noticeable beginning on the clear facet.
“My want is to complete a bit bit larger within the first lap.
“However I feel we should be cautious as a result of in entrance of us…I feel one thing may occur tomorrow once more.
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A521
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“Now we have Max beginning on the [quicker] pink [sidewall soft] tyre, Lewis on the yellow [medium compound]. Now we have [Sergio Perez, fourth], [Pierre] Gasly [fifth] additionally.
“Behind them, [Lando] Norris and [Charles] Leclerc, that are a few of the greatest starters. The primary nook goes to be a bit little bit of motion.
“We should be intelligent to remain out of any hassle and profit from no matter occurs in entrance.
“We wish a clear first lap as a result of perhaps there are some positions that come without spending a dime.”
Alonso did clarify the should be cautious with Daniel Ricciardo beginning the race in 11th, the McLaren driver subsequently gaining free selection for his beginning tyre compound.
However Alonso rated his possibilities of scoring a sixth points-paying end in a row, a run of type stretching again to a sixth-place rating in Baku in June.
He stated: “I’ll like to be within the factors tomorrow – no matter place however within the factors.
“We have been scoring for a lot of, many races already.
“We begin in eighth and ninth so perhaps we aren’t too removed from what we may obtain.
“However there are vehicles behind us, particularly Ricciardo beginning 11th, most likely with a tougher compound and so on, that will likely be troublesome to handle to remain in entrance of him.”