Fernando Alonso qualified in 17th for the 2018 Russian Grand Prix, but will start 16th, after all grid penalties are granted…
Alonso said after qualifying that his mission was to get team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne into Q2, but the Belgian qualified only in 19th place, although he’ll benefit from other drivers’ grid drops, as he’s set to start 14th.
Post-Qualifying, Fernando Alonso:
“In qualifying today we didn’t use our full potential because our starting position is already fixed due to the grid penalties we’ll receive.”
“That meant I had two objectives this afternoon: setting a lap within the 107 per cent limit, and helping Stoffel with a tow along the straight. I didn’t go for a performance run: I used the engine in safe mode.”
“Much of our focus has been on our race pace: hopefully we can execute a good strategy, look after our tyres, and look to be close to the points tomorrow.”
“The tyres are looking a little tricky around here as it seems to be hotter than usual. We believe the softest tyre will suffer a little bit, so hopefully we’ll be in a position to benefit from that in the race.”
|2018 Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix Provisional Grid|