Alpine’s Fernando Alonso had a fantastic Qualifying session for the French automotive outfit. The Spaniard finished P8 with a best time of 1:32.195 during Q3. This marks his best qualifying position since the 2013 season.
The first Qualifying session of the year went underway ahead of the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc came on top as the Pole sitter for the first race weekender of the 2022 season. He set a time of 1:30.558 and took the first spot ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
But the 2-time World Champion believes he has achieved his team’s target by making it to Q3. Alonso has also said that tyre degradation will play a huge part in tomorrow’s race that teams will have to make a call between a variety of strategies for the race.
Fernando Alonso qualifies P8 for Bahrain GP
Fernando Alonso qualified ahead of teammate Esteban Ocon who finished P11. The Alpine car showed reliability and pace and was far better than their competitors at McLaren. McLaren’s best result was a P13 secured by Lando Norris while Daniel Ricciardo was out in Q1 itself and starts the race P18.
Alonso said in his post-race interview, “I’m happy. Being in Q3 was the goal. I felt comfortable. Now we have to push development to be able to close the gap with the leaders. Tomorrow the degradation of the tires is going to be key. There will be different strategies and we’ll see who has the good.”
All eyes will be on the race on Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Max Verstappen looks dangerous while Mercedes looked vulnerable throughout the race weekend. The Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled for Sunday, March 20 at 15:00 hours GMT.