Fernando Alonso is on a roll with lady luck and all his awesome wet weather driving skills on his side right now. His high roll continued today at the legendary Silverstone circuit in England today, where he won his 21st career pole in dramatic fashion. Alonso’s Ferrari just barely topped the Red Bull of Mark Webber by a mere 4/100’s of a second. Webber starts in the front row with the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher right behind in 3rd. Schumi is also on a bit of a roll himself coming off his own first podium finish since his return to F1.
Speaking of Valencia, on the heels of his remarkable win in that race, Alonso’s first pole performance for Ferrari since 2010 also featured a near disaster when he spun off the course in Q1 and almost ended his day in the wall. Somehow he flung his steering wheel back in the opposite direction at just the right moment to recover just enough to drive back on to the track and later just sneak in to Q2 under a yellow flag – it was really an amazing series of events with a great outcome that came within an eyelash of being swept away by the teeming torrential English rain.
Apparently, there were no magic potions that explained his run of success about to be revealed by Fernando, “No secret. Its tricky conditions for anyone. You have to be calm in some difficult moments. In Q2 we were on the red flag in positions 15 and 16 Felipe and me. We went though and then in Q3 [it was a] difficult choice between inter and full wet and then when we saw everyone on the inter we relax a little and put a lap together. It was not easy. To complete a lap with no huge mistakes is not easy in these conditions. [I’m] Happy to be on pole after nearly two years. In these conditions the qualifying is probably the least important of the year but obviously for visibility it is always better to be on pole.”
So Sunday’s race should be an absolute thing of beauty in the wet, as long as the downpours are nice and gentle and not a deluge, the race will be almost up for grabs for any of the top 10 or so drivers. Looks to me like the Lotus team might have something good going on right now, even though Grosjean spun out and missed Q3, he was looking fast early on and Kimi’s Raikkonen’s car was also looking suspiciously swift, judging from the scrutiny Alonso gave his car shown on the live feed after the session.
Race is on national TV Fox at 12 noon eastern time Sunday.
British GP – Saturday – Qualifying Session Results
POS DRIVER NATIONALITY ENTRANT TIME
1. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari 1:51.746
2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1:51.793
3. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP 1:52.020
4. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1:52.199
5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 1:53.065
6. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault 1:53.290
7. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault 1:53.539
8. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:53.543
9. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes 1:54.382
10. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault No Time
11. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1:57.009
12. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1:57.071
13. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP 1:57.108
14. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:57.132
15. Bruno Senna Brazil Williams-Renault 1:57.426
16. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:57.719
17. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1:57.895
18. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:48.044
19. Vitaly Petrov Russia Caterham-Renault 1:49.027
20. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Caterham-Renault 1:49.477
21. Timo Glock Germany Marussia-Cosworth 1:51.618
22. Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth 1:52.742
23. Narain Karthikeyan India HRT-Cosworth 1:53.040
24. Charles Pic France Marussia-Cosworth 1:54.143