Alonso: Seventh was the absolute maximum
3 November 2012 – Fernando Alonso has stressed that he is left content with his own performance from the qualifying session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but very much echoes the sentiments of Ferrari technical head Pat Fry that the red cars are still not quick enough.
“I don’t think we were competitive today but, personally, I’m happy with the performance from qualifying,” said the Spaniard, who starts four positions behind title rival Sebastian Vettel.
“I got the maximum possible from the car…I did a 41.5 in Q2, a 41.5 at the start of Q3 and a 41.5 at the end of Q3! Basically, I think I could have done the same lap a hundred times and still finished seventh because that was the most we could do.”
“The pace usually improves on race day, so I hope that will be the case, but unfortunately there are six people who are faster than us.”
With Felipe Massa back in ninth, Alonso will set off from behind both McLarens, both Red Bulls, Pastor Maldonado’s Williams and the Lotus of Kimi Räikkönen.