Fernando Alonso was left to rue his spectacular moment through turn five for failing to snatch pole position for the European Grand Prix, although the Spaniard was otherwise happy with a front row slot.

Although McLaren's day was overshadowed by the shunt that sidelined Lewis Hamilton, Alonso believes he was well on course for pole position only for a major slide through turn five to cost him what he claims was more than half a second.

Indeed, the on-board cameras caught the Spaniard wrestling a leery MP4-22 through the bend, the car almost swapping ends before Alonso composed himself and carried on to complete his lap.

Remarkably though Alonso was still able to qualify second on the grid, just three tenths off Kimi Raikkonen. It all left the world champion wondering what could have been had he not made that mistake.

"The most important news is obviously that Lewis is OK. During my final qualifying lap I had a big moment at Turn Five and I am really lucky that I got out of it without spinning. However it cost me more than half a second so I am pleased to be on the front row.

"We have made good progress during the weekend and my car in contrast to yesterday was working really well. I am looking forward to the race tomorrow."

 

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