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Alonso on qualifying: There was more

NORTHAMPTON - Fernando Alonso (14) driving the Alpine A522 during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 2, 2022 in Northampton, England. REMKO DE WAAL (Photo by ANP via Getty Images)

Fernando Alonso assured the media there was “more to come” from him on Qualifying for the British Grand Prix if he hadn’t had battery complications

The Alpine driver qualified P7 for today’s race at Silverstone. Alonso had a strong performance through qualifying but dropped back in Q3, as he ran out of battery through his final flying lap.

“There was more to come today,” he said after qualifying. “Unfortunately, we didn’t use it in Q3. Q1 was okay, Q2 was okay, and then Q3, yeah, the first lap, we were P1. I thought, okay, this is going well!

“But then, obviously, you need to start timing to cross the line as late as possible in the session, but with the battery full as well, so you need to recharge on the lap before.

“We didn’t have that much margin. We went for a push on the lap before. In the end, we managed to cross the line with three seconds of margin, but with no battery anymore.”

Despite the complications in qualifying, Alonso was not so disappointed with the result as he expects to finish in the same position in the race.

“We lost maybe a couple of places [in qualifying] because of that,” he explained. “I think if you qualify in front of Lewis [Hamilton] or George [Russell] or [Lando] Norris or something, maybe tomorrow, you end up in your natural position.

“So in the end, P7 I think is where we will fight tomorrow, so it’s okay.”

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