Apr 11, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT
Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has laughed off all concerns over his qualifying form, despite having been outqualified by teammate Felipe Massa in four consecutive races.
“I haven’t slept since Australia,” Alonso joked in an interview. “I’m only eating white rice. I’m losing my hair. A huge drama!
“After 200 races, it’s very surprising that two qualifying sessions matter so much. I’m pleased that it’s so important, because it means that when I finish ahead of him [Massa] it will mean I have done an stratospheric lap.”
Alonso’s qualifying form was generally regarded as the weak link in his 2012 championship charge, claiming just two pole positions. However, he preferred to focus on Massa’s good form instead of making a direct comparison.
“He’s doing a fantastic job. It’s true that for these calculations you are using strange numbers, with races from last year, races from this year.
“In Australia qualifying was with dry tires on a wet track, in Malaysia we qualified with inters on a dry track, so I don’t think they were completely normal tracks.”
The Spanish driver also undermined the importance of qualifying, claiming that the unpredictable Pirelli tires made a good starting position less important.
“There were years when it was vital to start from the first row or from pole position, but since Pirelli arrived qualifying has become less and less important.
“In the first two races of the season Kimi [Raikkonen] won pretty easily in Australia starting from seventh and anyone could have won in Malaysia. But there is a tendency for qualifying to become less important.”
Quite whether Ferrari share this sentiment is unclear. At last year’s United States Grand Prix, Felipe Massa took a grid penalty in order to elevate Alonso one place up the grid, suggesting that there is still value in a good qualifying position.
Mar 28, 2015, 9:01 PM EDT
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Mar 28, 2015, 7:46 PM EDT
Roundup of the rest of Saturday’s action from St. Petersburg.
Mar 28, 2015, 7:20 PM EDT
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Mar 28, 2015, 7:11 PM EDT
Simona de Silvestro happy to be somewhat disappointed with 11th in IndyCar qualifying at St. Petersburg.
Mar 28, 2015, 6:45 PM EDT
Takuma Sato puts together a successful qualifying effort for A.J. Foyt Enterprises, ending in fifth and best Honda.
Mar 28, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT
After top-four qualifying sweep, the Team Penske teammates are praising each other rather than trading shots.
Mar 28, 2015, 5:24 PM EDT
Power on pole as Team Penske goes 1-2-3-4 in St. Petersburg qualifying.
Mar 28, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT
Indy Lights’ new era kicks off at St. Petersburg with a new driver and team on top in the series’ new car.
Mar 28, 2015, 1:27 PM EDT
More Will Power on top of IndyCar practice at St. Petersburg.
Mar 28, 2015, 1:01 PM EDT
Franck Montagny receives two-year ban from FIA’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee.
Mar 28, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT
Swedish driver reaches both Q2 and Q3 for the first time in his F1 career, and will start tomorrow’s race from ninth place on the grid.
Mar 28, 2015, 12:00 PM EDT
Ricciardo and Kvyat both get inside the top five thanks to the rain in Q3 in Malaysia, but Massa and Bottas struggle.
Mar 28, 2015, 11:30 AM EDT
Monaco’s circuit for the FIA Formula E Championship is revealed.
Mar 28, 2015, 10:28 AM EDT
Incident involving Jann Mardenborough’s Nissan GT-R claims the life of one spectator at the Nordschleife.
Mar 28, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT
Dutch youngster scores the best F1 qualifying result for a teenager in 54 years on Saturday in Malaysia.
Mar 28, 2015, 9:15 AM EDT
Spanish driver will make his second debut for McLaren from 18th position on the grid tomorrow.
Mar 28, 2015, 8:30 AM EDT
British driver explains the challenge of judging your qualifying lap in the wet after securing pole position in Malaysia on Saturday.
Mar 28, 2015, 7:49 AM EDT
Merhi and Stevens miss the 107% time required to qualify in Malaysia, but are granted dispensation by the FIA stewards.
Vettel hoping for more rain on Sunday after scoring Ferrari’s first front-row start in two years (VIDEO)
Mar 28, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT
Felipe Massa was the last driver to start on the front row of the grid for Ferrari, lining up second for the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix.
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