Alonso 'could not have done better'

By on Saturday, September 6, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Fernando Alonso insists he could not have done a better job after he qualified in seventh position for Ferrari's home race at Monza.

Alonso, who has never finished off of the podium when driving for Ferrari at Monza, was the best non-Mercedes runner at the Italian circuit and says he extracted the maximum from the F14T.

"We knew that, as usual in qualifying, it would be tough and that the encouraging signs we saw in free practice should not create false expectations," he said.

"Unfortunately today, we could not have done better, because even though I was trying my hardest, we set very similar times with all four sets of tyres.

"Now, we must look ahead to the race, which will be a tough one and, given how small the gaps are, it could also be very interesting. Usually here, at the first chicane, there’s a lot of action and you need to be very careful if you want to be in the game.

"On top of that, it will be very important to manage the tyre degradation, given that the best strategy would seem to be a one-stop. Because of that it means doing a lot of laps on both compounds."

Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was eliminated in Q2 after making a couple of errors on his hot lap.

"After a definitely positive start to the weekend, today in qualifying, I was expecting a better result," he said.

"I experienced some difficulties in the afternoon, as the car was harder to drive, I was struggling to find the right grip level and I was locking the fronts. That’s why, on my last run on the Medium tyres, I made a few small mistakes which prevented me getting further than Q2. Starting 11th is not ideal but all the same, I will give it my best shot tomorrow."

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