Fernando Alonso was thrilled with his lap which put him fourth on the grid for the Spanish Grand Prix.
He said: “I did a perfect lap: I reckon that if I tried to repeat it twenty times, I could not do better.
“When you do a lap like that it?óÔé¼Ôäós hard to put into words what one feels: always being on the limit, in every corner is a really special feeling for a driver. I am very happy with this result, because we have never made it to the second row this year.”
Alonso qualified three-thousandths of a second behind Lewis Hamilton and nine-tenths of a second ahead of his team mate.
However he was a second slower than pole sitter Mark Webber.
Alonso said: “Sure, pole position is still a long way off: today, Red Bull was once again out of reach and we must work hard to try and get closer.
“This morning we ran some set-up changes on the car that did not produce the results we were expecting, also partly down to the conditions changing in terms of wind direction. We went back to what we had before for qualifying and instantly it was better.
“In general, we have made a step forward in performance terms, thanks to the updates we have brought here. So far, in the races we have gone better than in qualifying and so I think we can be in the fight for the podium.
“It will be tough at the start because the McLarens always get off the line well and then they have one more new set of soft tyres than we do.”
2011 Spanish Grand Prix
- 2011 Spanish Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Vote for the best driver of the Spanish Grand Prix weekend
- Red Bull: Vettel soaks up pressure for fourth win
- McLaren: Hamilton strong on “disastrous” Pirellis
- Ferrari: Alonso stars, Massa struggles
- Mercedes: Rosberg wanted Schumacher to let him pass
- Renault: Heidfeld eighth after “worst fire of my career”
- Sauber: Kobayashi gets point after puncture
- Williams: Maldonado reaches Q3 but still no points
- Force India hold back on aerodynamic upgrade
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