• German Grand Prix - qualifying

Alonso 'very happy' with front row

ESPNF1 Staff
July 24, 2010 « Vettel snatches dramatic pole in Germany | »
Fernando Alonso qualified second ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa © Sutton Images

Fernando Alonso said that he was 'very happy' to be on the front row of the rid for the German Grand Prix despite being pipped to pole right at the death by home favourite Sebastian Vettel.

The Ferrari driver was edged out by just 0.002 seconds, Vettel denying the Maranello squad its first pole since the 2008 season.

"I think we have to be happy," said Alonso, who backed up his optimistic claims that he remains a strong title contender. "We are in the first row for the first time this season so that is definitely a step forward for us. We have been competitive all weekend, I'm very confident with the car. I was very happy with the car in Q1, Q2 and Q3."

Alonso, who said on Friday that he hoped for a perfect weekend, maintained the same claim after qualifying.

"Finally we made a perfect Saturday. Obviously we lost pole position by a small margin, but the points are tomorrow not Saturday so we need to stay focused for tomorrow. The target is a good day tomorrow after a good day today. We'll try to score good points tomorrow.

"We always expect the Red Bulls in Q3 to give something more. We saw this is very close in free practice but then in Q3 they are far away. We were surprised to be that close and finally fighting for a pole position after 10 races. It took a bit longer but now we are very close."