Alonso thankful to Ferrari mechanics

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

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Fernando Alonso praised his Ferrari mechanics for repairing his car during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Alonso made contact with Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat during Q2, with the impact damaging the Spaniard's F14T.

Alonso was able to return to the track and eventually qualified in fourth place.

"I am really pleased with this fourth place, because to get into Q3 with the problem I had with the steering is really a good result," he said.

"In a season when it takes a lot of time to make any sort of change to the cars, the guys managed to change the suspension in just a few minutes, which is a real record. They also got me back out on track at the right moment, which meant I could get into Q3."

Alonso admitted that he simply didn't see the Russian youngster attempting to pass him up the inside of turn nine.

"The incident with Kvyat was unfortunate for both of us and was inevitable, because by the time I saw the Toro Rosso it was too late," he said. "As usual in the rain, visibility is significantly reduced and it becomes a lottery. The team was super again in Q3 when it was a case of working out when to fit the set of new Extreme Wets we had: we did it at the start when the track conditions were better and so we were immediately able to do a quick lap."

Alonso believes that he and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen can compete for the podium positions on Sunday.

"Starting from fourth and sixth places, I think the podium is possible and, apart from the form shown by Mercedes, the performance among those chasing them is reasonably close," he added. "This weekend, we opted to work more on race pace than on our single lap performance and the feeling is positive. But we know it will be tough and the uncertainty over the weather means it’s hard to know what sort of race to expect."

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