| No Q3 for the two Alpine F1s today at Zandvoort

| No Q3 for the two Alpine F1s today at Zandvoort
Formula 1 | No Q3 for the two Alpine F1s today at Zandvoort

After tight qualifying, it is from the twelfth and thirteenth positions – to be put to the credit of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso respectively – that Alpine will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix of the Netherlands, in Zandvoort .

Both drivers failed to make it past Q2 for only the third time this season. Separated by 0.008, they both failed within a tenth of Q3.

They are now focused on this 72 lap long Grand Prix which awaits them tomorrow, during which they will both try to get into the points.

On a jam-packed and noisy Zandvoort circuit, the two men attacked qualifying after finishing seventh and fourteenth in Free Practice 3. Fernando only needed one test to pass the milestone of Q1, thanks to a lap completed in 1’11”667. Esteban joined him there after managing to improve on his second attempt.

In Q2, Esteban again managed to lower his time, going to 1’12”222 then 1’11”605, but it was insufficient to participate in the final phase of qualifying.

“It’s a tricky day for us, it’s not where we wanted to qualify. We suffered a bit from a lack of rear grip and seemed to be a bit lacking in pace compared to previous weekends. So we have to look at this closely. However, we have been in worse positions in the past and the points are not far off. The weekend is far from over. We still hope to be able to get some overtaking tomorrow and we will give our all, as always, to put in a solid race and get both cars back into the top ten. »

Fernando, for his part, could not improve because of the traffic, having to settle for a lap in 1’11”613.

“Unfortunately, it was not our day. I think the traffic in Q2 cost us our place in Q3, as we were half a second quicker and therefore could have moved up to sixth. We couldn’t show the real potential of the car, but it can happen sometimes on a track as narrow as Zandvoort. We’ll see if we can take advantage of the pace of the car tomorrow to get a better race result. It’s not easy to overtake here, as we saw last year, but we will push to score as many points as possible. »

Alan Permane, Sporting Director, admits that “It was a disappointing qualifying for the team today. There is work ahead of us, but I’m sure we can rectify that and score points tomorrow. We will start from twelfth and thirteenth position on the grid, but with the modified DRS zone this year, overtaking should be possible. We will work hard between now and the race to put in place the best strategy. Esteban is not totally comfortable with his car this weekend, struggling with his rear end generally throughout the lap. As for Fernando’s result, it clearly does not reflect his level of performance. He had traffic on his second attempt in Q2, otherwise he would have easily passed into Q3. We’ll do everything we can tomorrow to get both cars to finish in the points and, given what we’ve shown lately, I think that’s entirely possible. »


The article is in French

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