Alonso Surprised by Low Position

Championship leader Fernando Alonso says he is surprised by his low qualifying position for tomorrow's European Grand Prix

Alonso Surprised by Low Position

The Renault driver was only sixth quickest in today's session, nearly a whole second behind pole setter Nick Heidfeld in the Williams.

Alonso, however, believes some of his rivals were running light in qualifying and he is confident he will be able to gain places in the race.

"I did a good lap, the car balance was reasonable and we have had no problems today, so I am pleased," said Alonso.

"It was a little bit surprising to end up sixth after being among the fastest cars in practice this morning, especially as our day has run smoothly, so I think the difference between myself and pole is probably down to some different strategies.

"I am still confident for tomorrow, and we believe in the choices we have made. I will certainly be aiming for the podium."

Alonso's teammate Giancarlo Fisichella, one of the first drivers to complete his flying lap due to his poor race in Monaco, wound up ninth quickest.

The Italian was pleased with his performance, especially given the circumnstances.

"There was much less grip on the circuit this afternoon than in practice this morning, and I found it difficult to feel completely comfortable with the car, so I am not totally pleased with the lap," he said. "In light of that, I don't think ninth is too bad a position, especially as I had to run early in the session.

"I think we have a good car for the race conditions tomorrow, so now we need to see how the strategies work out, and make the most of our pace in the race."

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