Fernando Alonso qualified in a familiar fifth place in Singapore, but the Ferrari star is in upbeat mood since in terms of time he was much closer to the front than usual – and he is confident of enjoying a good race.
Alonso, who was second in Q1 and third in Q3, was only 0.226s from pole man Lewis Hamilton in the final session.
“Normally in qualifying we lose ground,” he said. “But it didn’t happen today, we remained competitive also qualifying, two-tenths from pole position, which is quite a big news for us. I’m very happy, and hopefully tomorrow we have an opportunity to race with the leaders, something we are not used to do this year.”
Despite retiring in the last race Alonso is not worried about reliability: “No, not really. Obviously problems are always there, and we are at the limit in many things. But tomorrow is a demanding race, here in Singapore for the mechanical side it’s quite demanding, so we need to make sure we cross that line. If we do that I think the podium’s possible, because we have the pace, we have probably the good tyre degradation. If we do a good start, good strategy, we can be there.”