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Alonso: Yellow flag cost qualifying pace

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Championship leader Fernando Alonso says that Yellow flag cost his final run in the Suzuka Qualifying Q3, and also he added Ferrari unlucky today.

During the Q3 final session, Fernando Alonso was slow-down in the Spoon curve, due to emerged yellow flag after a spin by Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen. The Spaniard was powerless to get better his lap-time in the final attempt.

“What can I say, other than get angry about being unlucky? The yellow flags came at the worst possible moment, when I was coming into Turn 14”

“Up until then, my lap was great and there was every chance of setting the fourth fastest time of the day, which would have then seen me start from third on the grid. Alonso said.

“From there, the race could have taken on a completely different picture, but we have to accept what happened. We were unlucky today, so maybe we’ll be lucky tomorrow.”

“We are up against some very strong opponents, like Red Bull who are in front and there is also McLaren who are behind, so we will have to keep an eye on both sides of the track. I’m expecting a difficult Sunday. The main aim will be to finish – reliability is crucial- and bring home a good points haul.

“We changed a few things on the car compared to yesterday, but after FP3 we went back on our settings as we were not convinced about the changes. I am honestly more optimistic for tomorrow than I was for today, given that our race pace is usually better than our performance over a flying lap. Let’s hope that really turns out to be the case.”


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