'I backed off under yellow flags' – Alonso insists
7 July 2012 – Fernando Alonso is expecting to keep his pole position for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix, insisting that he slowed down when yellow flags were waved at the end of Q2. To back up his sentiments, the timing screens show that the Spaniard’s Sector 3 time was indeed slower than previous attempts in the session.
"I didn't set a green sector on that lap," Alonso explained. "I backed off in the area that they were taking the car away. We are happy with pole after nearly two years for Ferrari. For Ferrari it's a long time.
"With these weather conditions the qualifying is one of the least important of the year, because everything will be mixed after a few laps tomorrow, but with visibility it's better to start at the front so I am happy."
Alonso says it was a slight surprise when he found out that he had claimed pole position, with the torrential rainfall creating a more level playing field on Saturday.
"In wet conditions you never know, you need to be in the right place at the right time,” he added. “When you do a lap, the lap has to be clean with no huge mistakes. When you find yourself on pole position that can be surprising."