Like many other teams the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Qualifying was a mixed bag of emotions with Esteban Ocon qualifying fantastically in ninth place but Fernando Alonso only managing to put the car in fifteenth.
Marcin Budkowski – Executive Director Of the Alpine F1 Team has mixed feelings after qualifying, they knew that the session would be tight after Free Practice 3 and it was always going to be difficult to get either car in Qualifying-3. Esteban Ocon had a really good session who was really solid throughout all three qualifying sessions and ninth is probably around the maximum you can get out of the car at the moment.
“We have mixed feelings as a team after today’s qualifying. We knew it would be tight after FP3 between a handful of cars and there was always going to be a fight to have both our cars in Q3. It was a really good session for Esteban, and he was solid throughout each round of qualifying. Ninth is probably where the car is at the moment.”
Fernando didn’t quite hook the lap up and the team will be looking at where the Spaniard can improve ahead of the Grand Prix and the team is excited ahead of the race, there is even a chance of some rain which always sparks chaos and a multitude of strategical opportunities so the whole of the Alpine F1 Team will be ready to pounce on any opportunities given to them.
“Fernando didn’t quite get it together as he’d have liked, and we’ll analyse that to see how we can improve. We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s race. There is a chance of rain, so we’ll be ready to grasp any opportunity.”