2018 Belgian GP: McLaren out in Q1, Alonso to Start 15th

Fernando Alonso & McLaren out in Q1, Belgium 2018
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McLaren have not improved their practice pace, as Fernando Alonso qualified 17th, with Stoffel Vandoorne on home soil in 20th place.

Not even great team-work from the McLaren drivers could help get the McL33’s into Q2, after both drivers gave each other tows on their qualifying runs.

However, the qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix was successful, in terms of McLaren’s worst qualifying performance of 2018, yet.

Their previous worst qualifying in 2018 came in France, when Alonso qualified 16th & Vandoorne 18th.

With Valtteri Bottas & Nico Hülkenberg taking grid penalties, after changing engine components, Alonso’s 17th will become 15th, and Vandoorne’s 20th will become 18th place on the grid.

McLaren’s Spa-Francorchamps qualifying in comparison to last year has worsened, since Fernando Alonso started the 2017 Grand Prix from 10th place on the grid.

Fernando Alonso, Post-Qualifying:

“We’ve lost a bit of performance in recent races, but on top of that we knew Spa would be quite a difficult race for our package in terms of performance, and so will Monza. We will try to defend here and attack on more favourable tracks.”

“My qualifying lap today was enjoyable. Driving these cars on this circuit is always very special because they feel fast and grippy, but then you cross the line and your time is slower than your competitors, which means that tomorrow we’ll have to recover.”

“We try to score points in every difficult situation, so why can’t we score points again tomorrow? We need something special to happen, so maybe there is some rain coming that will give us a chance.”

2018 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying Results
1.united_kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes1’58.179Wet Q3
2.Germany Sebastian Vettel FerrariFerrari1’58.9050.726
3.france Esteban OconRacing PointMercedes2’01.8513.672
4.Mexico Sergio Perez Racing PointMercedes2’01.8943.715
5.france Romain Grosjean
6.Finland Kimi Raikkonen FerrariFerrari2’02.6714.492
7.Netherlands Max Verstappen Red BullTAG2’02.7694.590
8.australia Daniel RicciardoRed BullTAG2’02.9394.760
17.Spain Fernando AlonsoMcLarenRenault1’44.917Dry Q1
20.belgium Stoffel VandoorneMcLarenRenault1’45.307Dry Q1