Fernando Alonso crashes out of Australian GP qualifying with pole position on the line

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FERNANDO ALONSO didn’t preserve his Alpine automotive on monitor in the course of the closing a part of Saturday’s qualifying session.

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Fernando Alonso was unable to forestall his Alpine automotive from sliding into the boundaries to carry out the crimson flags in the course of the closing a part of Saturday’s qualifying session on the Australian Grand Prix. The veteran Spaniard was within the strategy of placing collectively a near-perfect lap in Q3 earlier than he misplaced management within the closing sector and smashed into the wall at Flip 13 to place an finish to his operating on the streets of Melbourne.

Alonso and his team-mate Esteban Ocon each managed to make it into Q3 however the former was in the end prevented from setting a lap time after his unfortunately-timed accident dominated him out of the remainder of the session. The left aspect of his automotive appeared to stray onto the grass as he approached the apex of Flip 13, forcing him right into a spin which he didn’t right in time to keep away from crashing into the boundaries on the sting of the monitor.

The 2-time Drivers’ Championship winner was unharmed and shortly jumped out of the cockpit earlier than his Alpine automotive was lifted away by a restoration car. Alonso, who has solely picked up two factors because the starting of the brand new season, instructed his race engineer through workforce radio: “I locked the hydraulics and I could not change gear.”

Alonso’s incident marked the second crimson flag of Saturday’s qualifying session after Lance Stroll and Nicholas Latifi’s earlier collision attributable to a misunderstanding in Q1. The Williams driver clipped his Aston Martin rival as he tried to overhaul on his cool-down lap earlier than spinning uncontrolled and ending up within the wall close to Flip Three.

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Fernando Alonso crashes out of Australian GP qualifying with pole position on the line

Fernando Alonso was unable to keep away from crashing into the boundaries in Q3 (Picture: SKY SPORTS F1)

In the meantime, Alonso can be hoping to make amends for his crash in Q3 with an improved displaying over the course of Sunday’s race as he seems to comply with up from his retirement in final month’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix with a points-paying end. He was compelled to put in a 3rd energy unit forward of this weekend’s occasion after scuffling with efficiency and reliability points within the first two races of the brand new season.

The 40-year-old nonetheless seems to be in search of Alpine to make enhancements regardless of a productive day of apply operating on Friday. He managed to set the fourth-quickest lap of the day on the finish of FP2 in an enormous assertion of intent and can be determined to select up as many factors as potential when the 5 crimson lights exit to begin tomorrow’s race.

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Fernando Alonso crashes out of Australian GP qualifying with pole position on the line

The Spaniard’s automotive was finally dragged away by a restoration car (Picture: SKY SPORTS F1)

“We had some minor issues that delayed us just a little in FP1, however we nonetheless managed a fairly regular day for us,” mentioned Alonso. “We accomplished a superb quantity of operating and obtained a number of info from each periods.

“There are some steadiness points that we have to clear up, particularly on the upper gasoline runs. I clearly noticed the monitor yesterday, however I feel the modifications are constructive and the lap is clearly a lot faster now.

“I’m undecided if there can be extra overtaking on Sunday, however let’s see. It’s undoubtedly nice to be again right here in Melbourne.”



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