Conditions were on the limit, says Alonso
21 July 2012 – Fernando Alonso sealed F1 career pole number 22 in Germany on Saturday, moving one spot ahead of Lewis Hamilton for 11th position in the all-time rankings. Before Q3 had begun, the Spaniard believed that the track was too wet to drive on – an opinion he still had despite bagging the top spot for the second consecutive race weekend.
“I do think the conditions were very on the limit,” the Ferrari driver said in the post-qualifying press conference, having briefly toured on Wet tyres at the end of Q2. “I do think it is good to check the circuit, but it was the same for everybody.
"It is survival moments which you have in these conditions and you are just happy to finish in any position.”
The result was confirmed as Ferrari ensured that their leading driver was the last to cross the line for a final lap in Q3, which he did with seven seconds remaining.
“We made a good call by doing the pit-stop and then having a very fresh set of tyres at the last minute,” continued Alonso, who won at Hockenheim for Renault in 2005 and Ferrari in 2010. “That helped us a lot to improve the lap time.”
Ferrari has is now celebrating two successive wet pole positions, having previously gone for the entire 2011 season without enjoying the best qualifying placing.