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F1 British Grand Prix: Alonso admits Ferrari slow to react

Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari was slow to react to other teams during qualifying for the British Grand Prix
Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari was slow to react to other teams during qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

Ferrari had a nightmare session as both cars dropped out in Q1 having left it too late to emerge from the pits to try and set a time on dry tyres, with rain in the closing minutes scuppering any hopes of progress. Reflecting after the end of qualifying, Alonso said the team had definitely taken the wrong approach but said it looked more obvious in hindsight than it was at the time.

“We know that there were two Williams and two Ferraris out of Q1 so definitely we did something wrong compared to other teams,” Alonso said. “When both cars are out of one session like this it's because you were in the wrong moment with the wrong tyre, so that's definitely something that we need to look at.

“It's true that it has happened some other times and we were saved many times by luck. I remember being on pole position in 2012 here and in Q2 I passed 10 seconds before the chequered flag and we did a lap in very wet conditions. So it's something we need to look at, something we need to improve but at the same time it's a very narrow line.

“When everyone put on the dry tyres, if the spots of rain that hit us on our lap came two minutes earlier – nobody can predict it – then these people would be in the wall now. They will crash and we would be in Q2 and people will say 'Why did you put on dry tyres when the track was still wet?' Now it's easy for people to say that in our case, so we need to do better next time.”

Asked if he felt the bigger teams took longer than the smaller teams to make decisions in circumstances such as today, Alonso replied: “50:50.

“You are right, I think the bigger teams have longer procedures than smaller teams so we need to speed up some of the communications and some of the things that we do. And secondly I think the small teams are position 22 or 23 every single qualifying. So in mixed conditions they put on the dry tyres: if they f**k up they will be 23rd, if they are right they are P4.

“So that's a lot easier than the top teams, but I definitely agree that there were some cars on dry tyres today a couple of minutes before us doing green sectors and we were in the garage. So that's something that we need to improve for next time.”

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