Fernando Alonso had a relatively trouble-free session and was able to push the limits of the car, getting into Q2 after setting the 10th fastest time on his final flying lap. His Q2 session went smoothly and he will start tomorrow’s race in 13th place.
The double-time world champion was delighted with his qualifying session, which saw him qualify 13th, three-tenths shy of making it into the top ten shootout, but significantly quicker than he was in the final practice session.
In an interview with NBC Sports shortly after fighting his McLaren to 13th place on the Chinese GP starting grid, the Spaniard said he was taking “all the risks” he could to fight for the best spot possible, adding that he was “pushing [the car] like an animal.”
“There is nothing to lose for us,” he told NBC Sports.
“I think I extracted the maximum from the car today – I was flat-out and pushed like an animal. We were pessimistic going into qualifying, after our FP3 performance had been very uncompetitive and we’d felt we had nothing left, but in quali the car picked up some pace and we were able to make it into Q2 and get 13th, which was a nice surprise.
He also feels more confident in McLaren’s ability to grab some semblance of victory from the jaws of defeat when the ground is wet.
“For tomorrow’s race, the expected rain will help us, since in dry conditions it would be difficult to score points, but in wet conditions anything could happen. We need some chaos in the race, basically. We’ve raced here in those conditions in the past so we have to use that experience and take any opportunity that opens up in front of us.
“If it rains it will be a good race to watch for the fans: they’ll enjoy it and for us it’ll be fun too – if we can take our chances.”