‘That’s unacceptable’ – Fernando Alonso infuriated by Carlos Sainz after Miami altercation

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FERNANDO ALONSO simply missed out on breaking into Q3 in Saturday’s qualifying for the Miami Grand Prix.

'That's unacceptable' - Fernando Alonso infuriated by Carlos Sainz after Miami altercation

Fernando Alonso was not pleased with Carlos Sainz (Picture: GETTY)

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Fernando Alonso was left livid with Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz for holding up and stopping him from progressing into Q3 on Saturday on the Miami Grand Prix. Alpine had been already down one driver for qualifying after Esteban Ocon the Frenchman suffered a cracked chassis following a crash in FP3.

However there have been nonetheless excessive hopes Alonso can be ready to make the highest 10 after displaying good tempo all weekend. Solely 5 drivers set a quicker time than Alonso on Q1 with the Spaniard comfortably by way of to Q2.

However the two-time F1 world champion was at risk of dropping out late in Q2 with the necessity for one last lap. A number of drivers had been in an analogous scenario although, resulting in site visitors on the observe within the last few seconds of the session.

Alonso appeared on track for a quick lap, however he then felt impeded by Sainz coming by way of the tough chicane.

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'That's unacceptable' - Fernando Alonso infuriated by Carlos Sainz after Miami altercation

Fernando Alonso certified eleventh (Picture: GETTY)

“It’s an actual disgrace as a result of a Ferrari was in my means all through the second sector, which price me 4 tenths,” Alonso mentioned. I used to be six tenths higher than my earlier lap however got here out of Flip 16 just one tenth forward, so I misplaced 4 tenths or half a second in site visitors. That’s unacceptable.”

The incident was checked out by the race stewards however they deemed no additional investigation was obligatory. However Alpine boss Otmar Szafnauer cannot perceive why Sainz obtained in the best way of Alonso on the finish of Q2.


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“It was a disappointing qualifying for us as a result of we couldn’t present our true tempo,” Szafnauer mentioned. “The end result doesn’t mirror our precise efficiency.

“Fernando would have been at the least within the prime ten if it weren’t for the site visitors. I don’t know precisely what Carlos was doing as a result of Fernando was on a quick lap whereas he was driving slowly on the observe.”

Sainz eased by way of to Q3 and was in rivalry for pole within the second run, solely being pipped to first by his team-mate Charles Leclerc. Alonso, in the meantime, will begin eleventh with Ocon beginning behind the grid for tonight’s race.


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