Throughout his Formula 1 career, Fernando Alonso has made a habit of getting the best out of his machinery - and beating his team mate. This season has been no different, and after doing the latter on Saturday in Abu Dhabi - securing him a 21-0 qualifying record versus team mate Stoffel Vandoorne - he’s now looking to do the former and bow out of F1 in style on Sunday…
Alonso, taking part in his final Grand Prix this weekend – assuming he doesn’t make a comeback further down the line – once again got the better of Vandoorne over one lap, securing a Q2 appearance and in doing so, becoming the first driver to whitewash a team mate in qualifying since he achieved the same feat over Nelson Piquet in 2008.
He couldn’t replicate that Q1 performance in the second segment, but nevertheless, he will start 15th on the grid in Abu Dhabi, and with a free choice of tyres to choose from, the two-time world champion could well challenge for a top-ten finish should things work out in his favour.
“We have not been very competitive this weekend and we were quite pessimistic for the Q1 chances - but we managed to somehow go Q2 and happy for that,” he said.
“The first priority is to finish the race and see the chequered flag. Execute the race good enough to feel proud on the last one.