2018 Singapore GP: Alonso with Free Tyre Choice as He’s Set to Start 11th

Fernando Alonso, Singapore 2018 Qualifying
Photo: © McLaren

Fernando Alonso will start the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix from 11th place on the grid, with a free tye choice for tomorrow’s race.

The Spaniard will be looking to add to his points total, to stay in fight with the Racing Point Force India’s for a top 10 placing in the championship standings.

Although McLaren have been in the hunt for Q3 in the last five races, managing to get to 11th place in courtesy of Alonso in Germany, Hungary and now Singapore, the last Q3 appeareance was at the end of May in Monaco.

Team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne’s efforts were only good enough for 18th place on the grid, placing ahead only of the two Williams.

The Belgian has been beaten by Fernando Alonso in qualifying consistently in the last 20 races.

Fernando Alonso, Post-Qualifying:

“We have been competitive all through the weekend here and this qualifying result is good. We got back to our normal competitiveness and I’m happy about that.”

“We knew that we were borderline on the Q3 cut-off, but starting the race from ninth or 10th on Hypersoft tyres can be a big disadvantage tomorrow, as those tyres seemed to have quite a lot of degradation yesterday in the long runs. So I’d rather be 11th with a free choice of tyres, and hopefully we can benefit from that. It would only be worth being in Q3 if we were fifth or sixth.”

“In ten years of racing here, there has been a 100 per cent record of Safety Car periods, and we need to be ready for that in case there’s an opportunity, or a window to stop and change tyres.”

“It’s a long and challenging race tomorrow and we need to stay focused and fight for points, but first of all we need to see the chequered flag. Reliability-wise, we haven’t been too strong recently, and we need to change that.”

2018 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying Results
1.united_kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes1’36.015 
2.Netherlands Max VerstappenRed BullTAG1’36.3340.319
3.Germany Sebastian VettelFerrariFerrari1’36.6280.613
4.Finland Valtteri Bottas
5.Finland Kimi RäikkönenFerrariFerrari1’36.7940.779
6.Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red BullTAG1’36.9960.981
7.Mexico Sergio Perez Force IndiaMercedes1’37.9851.970
8.france Romain GrosjeanHaasFerrari1’38.3202.305
9.france Esteban OconForce IndiaMercedes1’38.3652.350
10.Germany Nico HülkenbergRenaultRenault1’38.5882.573
Spain Fernando AlonsoMcLarenRenault1’38.6412.626