Fernando Alonso says his spin on his final flying lap in Q3 had been caused by frustration of making previous mistakes in qualifying and felt he could have stronger performance.
The McLaren driver says errors he made in the opening few corners made him attempt to 'overdrive' his car to try to regain lost time which saw him lose control and spin out in sector two.
Alonso's spin caused waved double yellow flags which effectively neutralised the laps from drivers in Q3 running behind the Spaniard, while Nico Rosberg was judged to have backed off sufficiently, despite improving his lap time to take pole position.
The former F1 world champion accepts he was at fault for the spin which ended his final run but felt the potential pace from his McLaren was stronger than the P7 he grabbed in the provisional qualifying classification.
“I did a mistake in a couple of corners already that lap, so I was not happy with the start of the lap and I overdrive, probably, a little bit too much and a little bit of frustration as well in the last couple of corners,” Alosno said. “I made a mistake on this frustration also, which was the spin, and also missing the lap.
“I think it was possible to improve a lot on the lap time that we set before and the only thing that probably everyone improved the lap time and I don't know if the final position could be better, the same or worse because everyone would improve, not only us.
“So I'm a little bit sad because of this and disappointed with myself, but at the end of the day we have been seventh in every single session this weekend and hopefully tomorrow we can improve that position and score some points.”
Despite his frustrations, Alonso says seeing both McLaren cars into Q3 for the first time using Honda power units is a demonstration of the progress the partnership has made.
“I'm very happy, both McLarens in Q3 I think it's the first time since 2014 and the Mercedes engine, so definitely a step forward this weekend,” he said. “I was enjoying the tricky conditions especially and in Q2 we were very, very fast. It was looking good and we need to finish the job tomorrow.”