Alonso: The podium is out of reach
23 June 2012 – Fernando Alonso has admitted that a podium is out of the question for tomorrow’s European Grand Prix in Valencia. The Spaniard failed to delight his home crowd after failing to make the final part of qualifying.
“When you don’t qualify for Q3,” he said. “It’s obviously very sad and there’s no point hiding the fact. This result is a cold shower, because our expectations were high”
Alonso and team-mate Felipe were just three tenths off the fastest time but both missed the cut for Q3 and will start 11th and 13th for tomorrow’s race.
“It’s easy to say now that with two runs on Softs in Q2 we would have made the cut,” said Alonso. “However, we were not quick enough to be in the top ten in the second part of qualifying and now the race will naturally be tougher.”
With his two closest title rivals on the front row, the Ferrari driver still believes that anything can happen in the race.
“With Hamilton on the front row, it’s easy to expect that we will lose ground to him. However, the race will be very long and will be run in even higher temperatures than today’s, which means everyone will have to be very careful when it comes to tyre management.”