Fernando Alonso was satisfied with third place on the grid for the Belgian Grand Prix after shrugging off a spin during the final phase of qualifying that threatened to place him on the back foot.

Although much of the attention on him this weekend has been more to do with politics off-track than on them, Alonso got his head down in qualifying on a circuit that was always expected to favour their Ferrari rivals.

Indeed, Alonso appeared to have ruined his hopes when he spun on his first flying lap during the shootout, the Spaniard losing control of his car over the fearsome bump at the Rivage hairpin and embarking on a brief turnaround before continuing on his way.

Nonetheless, a set of new tyres later and Alonso was back up to speed and although he wasn't faster than anyone in a particular sector, he crossed the finish line less than a tenth off pole position but down on the second row.

"It was a decent qualifying for us and I think that we did a good job. The first session wasn't great, but I made some improvements to my driving and managed to find the time in the second session. I thought my final lap was really good, with no mistakes.

Even so, Alonso believes an optimum strategy will see him prevail over Ferrari in the end - even if he admits a lot of that could be decided down to the first corner...

"It is always possible to win, and I am pretty confident that I have a strong strategy. We knew the Ferarris would be quick, and it will be an interesting race; anything can happen on the way down to the first corner and obviously there is a long straight where you can overtake."



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