Fernando Alonso played down concerns over his fifth row grid position for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The Ferrari driver said:
Obviously, I can’t be pleased with this result, but it has to be said that if there is one track where grid position is less critical than others, then it is this one, both because of the track characteristics and because the weather can be very changeable: in some cases the right decision at the right time can see you make up an advantage of a minute, therefore we will have to be clever and make the most of every opportunity.
In Q3, I only had one set of new soft tyres left and I used it on my second run when, unfortunately, there was a bit of rain.
There’s no point in making a drama over this tenth place: we must stay calm and concentrated, because qualifying is one thing and the race is quite another when the points are given out, not today.
Team mate Felipe Massa, who qualified sixth, said the late rain also spoiled his qualifying effort:
On my first run in Q3 I got a good lap, but maybe it could have been a couple of tenths quicker, while on the second one, I immediately had rain at Turn 1 and I locked the wheels and I decided to pit without completing the lap, because I would not have been able to improve my lap time.
If we have a track that is only slightly damp but not too wet, it could be a problem because the rain tyres get destroyed very quickly and it will be necessary to manage them very carefully.
2010 Belgian Grand Prix