Fernando Alonso had his lap compromised at turn 10 and lost out on making it to Q3 to qualify 14th.
Sebastian Vettel was crawling out of turn 10 and he was trying to create a sufficient gap to the car ahead. Unfortunately for Alonso, he was finishing his flying lap and arriving at turn 10 at the exact same moment. This heavily compromised his lap as he failed to make it to the third round of qualifying and would start the race in P14. Alonso was extremely disappointed by this and believed that it was quite badly managed. He was appalled and muddled by the incident.
“I think it was very badly managed by the people in front. I’m disappointed because I think we had the potential today. It was our best car probably of the season in qualifying and we didn’t maximize it.”
“It is very confusing, you know, because I think a part of the talk of the rules that they are in place, it has to be common sense [applied]. It has to be harsh penalties because it is not right what happened today. Very, very frustrating to lose a lot of points tomorrow. And now we have a race that we can’t forget that starting 14th is over. So another weekend, with a little bit of a strange situation for us.”
Vettel was quick to accept blame for the incident but felt like he was not the only one to be blamed.
“I only saw him very late. So not much that I could have done. I think it’s the fault of the drivers ahead that just keep jumping the queue. I don’t think that is right, and not what we sort of agreed on.”
However, it is Michael Masi, the FIA race director, who will make the decision for this as he has clearly sent out a notice to the teams after FP2 that cars slowing down at turns 9 and 10 while doing their flying laps will be penalized.
Alonso also spoke about potential consequences: “I think we lost the opportunity to be P5/P6 on the grid and a different race. Now I guess we will not score points tomorrow. So whatever penalty they give to the others, this is never enough. It’s the way it is.”