Alonso misses Q3 as Ferrari struggle

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso will start Ferrari’s 800th Grand Prix from 12th place tomorrow after a disappointing qualifying session in Turkey.

He was out-qualified by team mate Felipe Massa for the first time since the first round of the season (excluding Monaco where Alonso did not participate in qualifying).

In a closely-fought second part of qualifying, he missed out on Q3 by 0.174 seconds. He said afterwards, “We struggled in Q1, ninth and tenth, and then in Q2 we couldn’t improve the time by much and we were out.”

Massa improved his Q1 time by eight tenths of a second in Q2, whereas Alonso only found two tenths. Replays showed he out-braked himself at turn 12 in his penultimate lap.

Both Ferraris struggled to beat the Mercedes and Renaults in their weakest performance so far this year, suggesting they are falling behind in the development race.

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