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F1 | Singapore GP | Alonso: “Stressful, even borderline to be enjoyable” quali in Singapore

Fernando Alonso spoke about his qualifying session in Singapore, saying it was stressful due to the improving conditions on track. 

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F1 | Singapore GP | Alonso: “Stressful, even borderline to be enjoyable” quali in Singapore
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The changing conditions during the qualifying in Singapore have definitely increased the heart beat of many drivers. As it turns out, Fernando Alonso was one of them. 

The Alpine driver eventually qualified 5th for today’s race, but as he told media after the session yesterday, it was not an easy task to do. As he said: "It was it was a stressful, no doubt, even borderline to be enjoyable.

"The level of risk and stress is quite quite high. When we fit the dry tires in Q3 it was a brave move from everybody because it was just a guess.

“Eventually it was the right decision, but to go every lap faster and faster than the lap before, going into the corner just hoping that the car will stay on track, and the track will be drier than one minute and a half ago when you went through that corner, is just a lot of stress. So hopefully tomorrow a little bit more calm a race."

The Spaniard did not only line up ahead of McLaren, with whom Alpine is directly competing when it comes to the team championships standings, but Singapore makes up his 350th race start, making him the first driver in F1 history to reach that landmark.

When asked about what we could expect during the race from himself and others, he replied: 

"I think if it's dry it's gonna be difficult to overtake, so it will be nice to secure the top five and score more points than McLaren, which will be the main target again.

"If it's wet there are a lot of things that could happen. It could be very good race for us, or very bad if you crash or whatever, maybe could be a DNF.

"It's a lot of risk if it's wet tomorrow but we are two positions away from the podium, so why not to dream big tonight?”

Alonso was asked about the upgrades on his car, and how much of an impact they have on the performance. As he said: “It was a step forward with the data that we collected yesterday. So happy with the step. I think we need to wait for Suzuka to really feel the package a little bit more because here in Singapore every run there is a track evolution, you cannot read much the data, and also feeling-wise coming from Monza and going to Singapore it's very difficult to judge the car.

“I think we are more competitive thanks to the upgrade for sure.But maybe when we update the car we add a tenth of a second, so we are seven tenths clear of Norris behind and five tenths away from Sainz. So I could race with [our] Bahrain car and [I'll be] still in the same position probably.”

Singapore is definitely a track that suits the Spaniard’s style. Alonso won the Singapore GP in 2008 and 2010, and as he explained why he liked the track so much: “There's a lot of corners going on here. We come from Monza, six corners around the lap to 23 corners, proper corners. So definitely you need to feel the car and you need to be clever with how you drive in the first part of the lap to keep the tyres for the second part, all these kind of things.

“You need to have confidence with the car, you have to build that confidence in practice. And yeah, for whatever reason it's true that Singapore I've been fast always all my life. This happens as well in Australia.

“There is no explanation, but Melbourne is always another track. I'm not that fast in Spa, so still things that I need to learn even after 22 years of F1. But there are some tendencies that are always the same."

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