Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Korea, 2011

Alonso not happy to be sixth with new wing

2011 Korean Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Korea, 2011
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Korea, 2011

Fernando Alonso was unhappy after qualifying sixth for the Korean Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver has been out-qualified by his team mate four times in the last six races.

Speaking to reporters after qualifying he said he was: “Not extremely happy.

“Obviously we were not quick enough today with dry conditions. We saw immediately that the McLarens were quick in FP3 and qualifying as well. And Red Bull, no surprises, they are quicker than us.

“So between this combination we are fighting for fifth and sixth. Today I’m sixth.

“Hopefully tomorrow we can repeat the performance that we did on Sunday in Suzuka. Normally on Saturday we struggle a little bit, on Sunday we normally improve. So hopefully tomorrow’s a good Sunday.”

Alonso wouldn’t be drawn on questions over whether his new front wing – which Felipe Massa is not using – was an improvement.

But he said tyre degradation had so far proved to be not as great as they feared:

“Not bad, I think the tyres were a nice surprise this morning in the long runs. They didn’t degrade as we expected. So maybe the race, in terms of pit stops, is going to be than what we thought before coming here.

“But for sure the degradation will be high.”

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