Alonso: pole a “nice surprise”

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso said he was pleasantly surprised to take pole position having been afraid someone would beat him in the dying moments of qualifying:

It was nice surprise when I stopped in parc fereme. The radio told me we were in first place but there were still cars in their laps and Jenson was pink in the second sector.

As we’ve seen happen this year, someone will arrive in the last lap and we’ll be in second or third by a few hundredths of a second.
Fernando Alonso

He set the quickest time with his first lap of the session but was unable to improve on it:

We had two new sets tyres in Q3. We divide Q3 into two runs, the first was just to put a good lap on the table and the second attempt was just to risk a little bit more.

But sometimes in Monza you try to do a normal lap and the time is better than when you try to risk too much. With the slow chicanes and fast corners it’s very easy to overdrive.
Fernando Alonso

It is Ferrari’s first pole position since the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix.

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