The Alpine F1 Team will start tomorrow from fifth and sixth place on the grid thanks to Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso. After an exciting qualifying session at the Hungaroring, the scene of the Hungarian Grand Prix, the two men were separated by just 0.060.
This is the sixth time the team has been able to bring two cars to Q3 during the 2022 season, with Fernando making his sixth consecutive appearance in Q3, his tenth this year.
The weather conditions changed in Budapest today, with the third free practice session on a wet track. Fernando finished the latter in sixth and Esteban thirteenth in the intermediate tires. On the other hand, the sky cleared for the qualification, with a track – 4.381 km long – completely dry.
Both drivers made it through Q1 without a hitch, Fernando sixth and Esteban ninth. In Q2, Fernando set an excellent time – 1m17.904s – allowing him to settle for second place and stay in the box for the rest of the session, thus saving a set of Soft tires for Q3. Esteban improved in his second attempt to 1’18”216, enough to move up to ninth place and qualify for Q3 for the sixth time this season.
Esteban’s first lap in Q3 on a set of used Soft tires saw him drop to eighth place. For his part, in the first of his two sets of Soft tires, Fernando climbed to fifth. Esteban improved to 1m18.018s to move up to fifth place, just ahead of Fernando, who also improved slightly.
“I’m happy with our qualification today,” Esteban Ocon was launched
“It’s a strong result, so thanks to the team for the hard work put in and the excellent improvements over the weekend. We equaled our best qualifying result this year, so we’re satisfied in our show. Lando caught up again [Norris], which seems to be faster than we are today. We’ll see how we do against the McLarens tomorrow. Everything will be judged by the race, the day of the end of the distribution of points, especially since anything can happen here, as we saw last year! This is a circuit where overtaking is difficult, so if we can take care of the tires and manage our strategy, we should be in a good position to enter the summer break with newly acquired points.
For Fernando Alonso, “We must be satisfied to finish in the top 6 in qualifying. I competed in the dry and in the wet and I felt very strong in Q1 and Q2. Because of this, I even think that I will qualify a little above the pecking order but a couple of our rivals were ahead of us after their last laps in Q3. We know it’s difficult to overtake here and we’re on the dirty side of the track on the grid which means that doesn’t help , but we’ll see tomorrow! Qualifying both cars in the top six is a good overall result for the team. We’ll do our best to score as many points as possible.”
Alan Permane, Sports Director, was all smiles at the end of the day.
“We are happy with our performance in qualifying today. Having two cars in the top six puts us in a very good position to be competitive in tomorrow’s race. We are building our weekend in a study way and made the right improvements when needed and that is reflected in today’s result. The goal of the race is to beat our rivals and get both of our cars in the points. Of course, we will examine the different strategies option to maximize our potential in the race and make sure we get good points.”