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Alonso blames mistake for missing front row

The Ferrari driver ran wide on his last qualifying lap and finished third, fourth tenths of a second behind second-placed Rosberg
Saturday, November 23, 2013

Interlagos, BRAZIL, November 23rd, 2013 (F1Plus / Bruno Ferreira) - Fernando Alonso said that a mistake he made in his qualifying lap prevented him from making the front row for the Brazilian Grand Prix. The Spanish driver was fighting for the top positions at Interlagos, but ran wide in Curva do Lago and missed the chance of a clean lap.

“I went off in turn four. I braked very late and I missed the corner,” he said. “I lost a lot of time. Not obviously to beat Seb [Vettel], he’s too far in front of us. But I think for second place it was not difficult. I lost something like seven or eight tenths. I think second could be possible but obviously I’m not sad with third.”

Despite the disappointment from the mistake, Alonso equalled his best grid position in 2013. He considers that he’ll have the chance to fight for the top positions starting on the second row in Sunday's race.

“I have mixed feelings to be honest. I’m happy to be so [far] up on the grid because we start between seventh and tenth in the last five or six grand prix, which is not ideal. So being in the first three is good, but not totally happy with my lap,” he said.

“We know that in wet conditions normally we improve a little bit our performance. We were waiting for wet races this year but it came only in the last in Brazil.”

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