Alonso salvages sixth after missing qualifying (Monaco GP team-by-team)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Alonso was struggling for grip at the end of the race
Alonso was struggling for grip at the end of the race

Sixth place for Fernando Alonso was a valuable piece of damage-limitation.

It ensured he stays in touch with the championship – something which didn’t look likely on Saturday evening as he faced starting from the pit lane in the race.

Felipe Massa Fernando Alonso
Qualifying position 4 24
Qualifying time comparison (None)
Race position 4 6
Average race lap 1’24.821 (-0.047) 1’24.868
Laps 78/78 78/78
Pit stops 1 1
Monaco GP laptimes: Ferrari
Monaco GP laptimes: Ferrari (click to enlarge)

Felipe Massa

Massa promised a better performance on the softer mix of tyres used at Monaco. Given what happened to his team mate and the amount of time both spent in traffic it’s hard to draw meaningful conclusions about their performance.

What we can say is that Alonso looked the quicker of the two in practice, but Massa didn’t make the mistake of crashing and, consequently, missing qualifying.

He qualified fourth he never looked likely to challenge the three cars in front of him nor lose position to Lewis Hamilton during the race.

Compare Felipe Massa’s form against his team mate in 2010

Fernando Alonso

Alonso’s crash on Saturday was a costly mistake. Had he made the same error on almost any other track he would have slid harmlessly into a smooth tarmac run-off, then set off on his way again.

But this was Monaco, and the impact with the barrier meant Ferrari had to replace his chassis, consigning Alonso to the back of the grid.

During his arm-waving moments behind Lucas di Grassi’s Virgin I wondered if it was going to end like his 2004 race here did. But he kept his cool and got past the slower cars quickly enough to give the front-runners some strategic worries.

With sixth-placed Rubens Barrichello holding up the Mercedes, only the top five runners were far enough ahead of Alonso to be able to make pit stops and get out in front of him.

So it proved once the pit stops had been completed. There remained the challenge of managing 77 laps on the same set of tyres, and even though Alonso took care of them well he was clearly struggling for grip in the latter stages.

Compare Fernando Alonso’s form against his team mate in 2010

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