McLaren speedy Fernando Alonso has censored his complaints about a Ferrari F1 blocking him in qualifying for the German Grand Prix, and added that, he would not have made it into Q3 anyway.
The Spaniard complained over the McLaren-Honda team radio about losing “massive time” behind a Ferrari on his final Q2 flyer.
Following the session Alonso admits that, McLaren-Honda did not have the pace to make it into Q3, and added Ferrari error cost him very little time.
Alonso qualified down in 14th position at Hockenheim, two places and 0.132s behind the McLaren team-mate Jenson Button.
“I don’t think I would have made it into Q3, but there was a Ferrari going into the pits, I did two corners behind it and lost a couple of hundredths,” said Alonso, who had shown top-10 pace in free practice.
“It wouldn’t have been enough to move into Q3 so I don’t want to complain about anything: I was 14th because I was the 14th quickest!”
“I hit a kerb quite hard, I think I probably went over a bit of dirt and lost a small part of the car, but that was nothing much. I had done a 16.3s in the first lap and I managed a 16.1s in the last one, so I didn’t lose much time with that.”