• Malaysian Grand Prix

Pragmatic Alonso hopes for more rain

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso hopes to make up ground on race day © Sutton Images
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Fernando Alonso has downplayed Ferrari's disastrous qualifying performance in Malaysia as unimportant as he expects more rain to produce an equally chaotic race on Sunday.

Alonso failed to make it through to the second qualifying session on Saturday after his team mistakenly decided to wait for the track before sending him out. Instead, more rain hit the circuit and Alonso and team-mate Felipe Massa could only manage times good enough for 19th and 21st on the grid respectively.

"We had a forecast of no rain for Q1 so we waited a few minutes to go out, thinking that the track would dry up and then it started to rain more and nobody could improve their times and we were out," said Alonso on Spanish television. "Fortunately the race is tomorrow, not today, and tomorrow a lot of things will happen, so the starting position is just an anecdote."

With more heavy rain likely to hit the Sepang circuit on Sunday, Alonso is confident he can make up some ground on his rivals.

"Especially here, with this race schedule at the time when it always rains, tomorrow will be a race with a lot of changes, so all we need to do is give it all and try to recover a lot of positions," he said. "I never want rain because it's not what everybody wants to see. When it rains, weird things happen and the fun turns into a lottery."