Sport: Alonso frustrated to lose out to Ocon in Hungary F1 qualifying with “mega” car

Tsunoda blames Ocon for costing him top-eight finish

  Tsunoda blames Ocon for costing him top-eight finish Yuki Tsunoda thought a top-eight finish was possible at Paul Ricard, but blames Esteban Ocon for denying it.While Pierre Gasly struggled to extract full performance from the upgraded AlphaTauri during qualifying at his home race, Tsunoda had no such troubles, securing P8 on the grid.

Helped by problems for Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton the A522s of Ocon and Alonso qualified fifth and sixth, separated by just 0.060s.

Alonso was ahead of Ocon on Friday and was second overall in the wet FP3 session. He was also faster than the Frenchman in both Q1 and Q2, taking third spot in the latter session.

The 41-year-old was thus disappointed to lose out to his team mate in Q3, while both men were also behind Lando Norris of McLaren, Alpine’s closest rival in the constructors’ championship.

“Unfortunately it's like this,” Alonso said when asked by Autosport about the gap to his team mate.

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  F1 Hungarian GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more Charles Leclerc topped the times on Friday for Ferrari at the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix. Here’s how and when to watch qualifying.Sainz took third place in second practice, ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who now holds a 63-point lead in the F1 world championship after picking up the pieces to win in France. But the Dutch driver has played down his hopes of challenging Ferrari in dry conditions in Hungary this weekend.

“I've been significantly faster probably the whole weekend. My car was performing mega this weekend, P2 today in wet conditions and things like that, but now in qualifying, yeah, in Q3, they did a better job.

“A couple of milliseconds there, also, with Lando. I felt faster than Lando the whole weekend as well. So let's see tomorrow if we can make some places.

“I mean, it was a good lap. It was a little bit tricky more turn two and things like that. The others did a better job. And those couple of milliseconds, I think we know where are also in the car. So let's try to fix it for next race.”

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522 © Autosport.com Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522

Esteban Ocon, Alpine A522

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Asked if it was hard to go from a wet FP3 to a dry qualifying he noted: “It was harder for other people.”

Alonso ‘didn’t understand’ when told of Russell pole

  Alonso ‘didn’t understand’ when told of Russell pole Fernando Alonso is looking forward to watching George Russell's unexpected pole-winning lap.Russell took his first ever pole in Formula 1 in stunning fashion, not setting a single purple sector but coming out on top against the Ferrari pair of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc around the Hungaroring, in a fully unexpected result.

Alonso acknowledged that the team’s main fight on Sunday is with McLaren, and especially Norris.

“Yes, as I said I think I felt faster than him. But yeah, both of them they are fast, and also Daniel [Ricciardo] was quite competitive yesterday in the short and long run, so it is going to be a close fight tomorrow, but not only tomorrow, the rest of the season.

“But yeah, both teams start on the top nine. So we need to maximise this result. It's very difficult to overtake here, so try to consolidate the positions on the start, and then try to defend.

“As I said, difficult to overtake, starting on the wrong side of the grid. So yeah, a little bit disappointed now, but we are top six. You should never be disappointed with a top six.

“Maybe some traffic in front of us, that maybe we are a little but faster. Some very fast cars behind us, Verstappen, Perez, Lewis maybe, if he doesn't pass at the start. So it's going to be an interesting race, because there's a couple of cars out of position.”

Driver ratings for the Hungarian Grand Prix

  Driver ratings for the Hungarian Grand Prix Check out our driver ratings for the Hungarian Grand Prix as Max Verstappen took an even firmer grip on the 2022 World Championship.It was a race when both before and during, the identity of the winner was up for much discussion as Mercedes produced another compelling argument that they are ready to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari on a regular basis.

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Alonso admitted he hadn’t expected George Russell and Mercedes to earn pole position in Hungary.

“I'm surprised for sure. Happy for him. Unexpected, if I'm honest, because Ferrari looked very strong and Max as well.

“Mercedes was struggling a little bit, we were thinking to be in front of them. In fact, we are in front of Lewis. So to see him in pole position, it has to be a great lap. So I'm looking forward to watch it.”

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