Fernando Alonso insisted he felt mixed emotions after qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, despite matching his best result of the season at Interlagos.

The Spaniard put his Ferrari on the second row of the grid after setting the third fastest time in challenging conditions in Sao Paulo, with rain affecting all three parts of qualifying and leading to Q3 being delayed.

Alonso's result matched the third place he had taken in Malaysia, China and Bahrain earlier in the campaign and while happy with his best qualifying performance since April, the 32-year-old admitted frustration at not making it onto the front row of the grid.

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"We know that we can improve out performance in wet conditions," he said. "We have been waiting for a wet race but unfortunately we have had to wait until we got to Brazil.

"I have mixed feelings as I'm happy to be so far up the grid as we have only been in positions seven to ten in a lot of the recent races, but I'm not happy with my time as I lost seven or eight tenths when I ran wide at turn four.

"Obviously it wouldn't have been enough to beat Sebastian as he is too far ahead but I think second could have been possible. However, I cant be sad with third place and we have an opportunity starting so far up the front."

This season is only the second of Alonso's F1 career - after his debut season with Minardi - where he has failed to qualify on the front row of the grid at least once.