• Monaco Grand Prix - Qualifying

Grid not representative of pace - Alonso

ESPNF1 Staff
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Fernando Alonso: "In qualifying I did not have as good a feeling from the car as I got in free practice" © Getty Images

Fernando Alonso believes the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix does not represent the true order this weekend.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel took pole position on the streets of Monte Carlo, but Sergio Perez's huge accident at the Nouvelle Chicane stopped the session just as several drivers were on hot laps. Alonso admitted his car did not perform as he expected, but reckons Lewis Hamilton could have been on pole.

"In qualifying I did not have as good a feeling from the car as I got in free practice and we need to work out exactly why," the Ferrari driver said. "Today, McLaren were very quick and I think Hamilton was probably favourite to get pole. I don't think the result of Q3 represents the true order because the red flag mixed up plans for many of the drivers. For Hamilton it went badly, while everything was fine for Red Bull, with us at a halfway point: we should have done two runs of two timed laps each without refuelling and therefore, we did not get the most out of the tyres."

He is not convinced overtaking around the tight two-mile circuit on Sunday will be any easier this year than it has been in previous years.

"I reckon that tomorrow, overtaking will be pretty much impossible, despite the KERS, DRS and whatever else. The start will be very important and our race pace is good, so I hope I can make up some places, also making the most of any unpredictable situations and of our strategy. I expect some drivers will try for two stops and maybe others will risk doing only one. The car is handling better than a week ago at the Catalunya circuit: the balance is fine and the super-softs are working well."