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12th place was what we deserved - Alonso

ESPNF1 Staff
May 29, 2010 « Button rues timing of final run | »
Fernando Alonso is feeling the pressure at Ferrari © Getty Images
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Fernando Alonso said that 12th place on the grid was all he could muster from his Ferrari during qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix.

Alonso finished Friday's practice session with his sights set on challenging the McLarens and catching the Red Bulls but after the reality of Saturday's qualifying he admitted Ferrari is well off the pace.

"Nothing strange happened: 12th place is what we deserve from what we have seen today," he said. "I did not have enough speed and, when there are nine drivers within half a second, as happened today in Q2, it takes an instant to be either fourth or twelfth and in my case it was the latter. I don't think I could have done better today: I did practically the same time three times.

He was not too optimistic that things would improve in tomorrow's race and said he would drive to try to hold onto his position.

"Tomorrow will be tough and we will be racing defensively, but we will try and get the best result possible," he said. "I don't think today's weather, with slightly lower temperatures, had an influence on this result. Already in Q1, we realised we were not competitive at the highest level and that it would be difficult to get into Q3. The car balance is okay, as it was yesterday when we were quicker."