Alonso: Dutch GP was “70 laps of qualifying” in restoration to sixth
Alonso dropped out in Q2 on Saturday at Zandvoort after being hindered by visitors however managed to battle his approach up the order via the opening stint of the race.
Alpine was one of many first groups to modify to the laborious compound tyre, serving to Alonso transfer up the order earlier than planning a return to softs for the ultimate stint.
The Spaniard managed to maintain McLaren’s Lando Norris at bay after the late security automobile to cross the road seventh, shifting as much as sixth after Carlos Sainz’s five-second penalty had been utilized.
“It was good, it was 70 laps of qualifying at the moment as a result of we couldn’t chill out at any level,” Alonso defined after the race.
“The beginning was good, however I misplaced locations on the surface of Flip 1, so I needed to struggle very laborious to get well some, then we put the laborious and we needed to push very laborious to make that center stint work.
“After which after we thought that it was a extra relaxed a part of the race on the finish with a superb freshness of tyre, it got here to security automobile and we’ve to struggle once more all of the final 12 laps.
“It was a really demanding race for positive.”
Lando Norris, McLaren MCL36, Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522
Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photos
Alonso did handle to get near Sainz and Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez at one stage as they battled for place, however he was cautious about it opening the door for anybody chasing him.
“I knew that Carlos had the 5 seconds penalty, so I did not need that they struggle too laborious they usually put me in issues with the automobile behind,” mentioned Alonso.
“It was it was a superb race and clearly I do know the place gained on the finish, we did it in Spa, one spot from Ferrari and one right here additionally from Ferrari. So we achieve all the time one place!”
Alonso revealed Alpine’s pre-race simulations solely had him ending as excessive as ninth, making the consequence a great addition for the workforce in its constructors’ struggle with McLaren.
Alpine now sits 24 factors clear within the battle to high the midfield and end fourth within the standings, aided by Esteban Ocon’s run to ninth place.
However the Frenchman was left lamenting operating the gentle tyre too lengthy within the opening stint, staying out six laps longer than Alonso who managed to get the undercut.
“We misplaced a superb eight or 9 seconds at first making an attempt to remain on that gentle tyre for longer,” mentioned Ocon.
“That was the place we misplaced the race at the moment. So it is a bit of a disgrace, but it surely’s nonetheless a superb restoration, coming again with each vehicles into the factors from the place we have been. It is a stable effort, however at the moment there was rather more doable on the desk.
“Sixth was undoubtedly my place at the moment. That is what we’ll attempt to chase in Monza.”