Fernando Alonso admits that he was ‘probably overdriving’ when he spun in the closing stages of qualifying, but was otherwise ‘very happy’ with his performance.
The McLaren driver lost control in turn nine and spun, bringing out the double waved yellow flags that compromised a number of drivers’ laps and briefly brought Nico Rosberg’s pole position into question.
“On my final lap I braked very late into Turn Six, cut the chicane and lost some time there,” explains Alonso. “So I wanted to recover the lost time. I probably overdrove and at Turn Nine I spun.
“It’s a bit frustrating because I think we could have gained a couple of tenths which I lost instead because of my mistake, but anyway P7 for tomorrow is okay, and I’ll be starting on the clean side of the track.”
Having also set the seventh-fastest time in each of the three practice sessions, and with team mate Jenson Button starting alongside in eighth – Alonso is feeling positive about the performance of the team this weekend.
“I am very happy,” says Alonso. “Obviously both McLarens in Q3 – I think for the first time since Brazil in 2014. So definitely a step forward again this weekend. I think it’s looking good so far.”
2016 Hungarian Grand Prix
- Hamilton has to fight from behind again
- Alonso says spin down to ‘probably overdriving’
- Red Bulls, Force Indias, Bottas keep positions despite 107% breach
- Rosberg keeps pole as no action taken by stewards
- Rosberg under investigation for yellow flag rules breach