2018 Russian GP: Alonso to Start 16th After Grid Penalties

Fernando Alonso, Russian Grand Prix 2018, Qualifying
Photo: © McLaren

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
EngineFastest Time
1.Finland Valtteri BottasMercedesMercedes1:31.387
2.united_kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes1:31.532
3.Germany Sebastian VettelFerrariFerrari1:31.943
4.Finland Kimi Räikkönen
5.denmark Kevin MagnussenHaasFerrari1:33.181
6.france Esteban OconForce IndiaMercedes1:33.413
7.monaco Charles LeclercSauberFerrari1:33.419
8.mexico Sergio PerezForce IndiaMercedes1:33.563
france Romain GrosjeanHaasFerrari1:33.704
sweden Marcus EricssonSauberFerrari1:35.196
Spain Carlos SainzRenaultRenault1:34.626
Germany Nico HülkenbergRenaultRenault1:34.655
Russian Federation Sergey SirotkinWilliamsMercedes1:35.612
belgium Stoffel VandoorneMcLarenRenault1:35.977
canada Lance StrollWilliamsMercedes1:36.437
Spain Fernando AlonsoMcLarenRenault1:35.504
france Pierre GaslyToro RossoHonda1:34.383
New Zealand Brendon HartleyToro RossoHonda1:35.037
19.australia Daniel RicciardoRed BullTAG1:33.247
20.netherlands Max VerstappenRed BullTAG1:33.048