Subscribe

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Autosport Plus

Discover premium content
Subscribe
Formula 1 Monaco GP

Alonso wants group qualifying in Monaco amid F1 traffic chaos

Fernando Alonso suggested Formula 1 should introduce group qualifying to the Monaco Grand Prix weekend to reduce the element of luck from encountering traffic, after Q1 elimination left him 16th.

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR24

The Aston Martin driver had set a time good enough for 13th on his final lap, but was vulnerable to progress from drivers further back, culminating in a drop into the bottom five. He couldn't recover, having already pitted, and was out of time to set a final flying run.

Citing the luck of the draw with traffic around the circuit, Alonso lent his support to a suggestion of using group qualifying to set the grid in Monaco - something that junior categories Formula 2 and Formula 3 already employ to minimise the effect of being impeded.

To avoid track conditions favouring one of two groups in F2 and F3 qualifying, the halves are 'zipped' together in position order - and the driver with the fastest lap time across the two groups is awarded pole, handing the leader of the opposite session second on the grid.

"I think that [group qualifying] will be great," Alonso suggested.

"Monaco is so exciting and so thrilling that it will be nice to see everyone's lap live, because we miss a lot of great moments. But yeah, it's the way it is.

"You can get lucky or unlucky. I think last year I got lucky and I made some progress in Q1, Q2 and then in Q3 you are P2 and maybe some of the big contenders that were out of Q1 or out of Q2. 

"This time it was for us the bad side of it and Checo [Perez] as well. I think he's P18. This is Monaco. You need to find your luck as well and we didn't do today."

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin F1 Team

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin F1 Team

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Alonso reckoned that he lost three tenths emerging from the Nouvelle Chicane and two more in the Rascasse, which would give him the deficit he needed to make up to reach Q2 at the very least.

The veteran Spaniard did not believe the car could have been in the hunt for pole, and also doubts that an early pit call in Sunday's race would offer much in the way of gains - assuming it follows the same pattern as his early stop at Imola last weekend.

"Obviously we were not maybe the car to be on pole but I think enough to be P7, P8 [was possible]," Alonso reflected. 

"I found myself in the wrong place, wrong moment. 

"This is Monaco, you know it's difficult to get a clean lap, but I think I lost three tenths out of Turn 11 with a car just in front of me , and then another two tenths in the last corner with three cars that were parked there just to start in the lap. 

"No one to blame, I think they cannot vanish in the very last moment out of the last corner, but yeah, a little bit unlucky today.

"[On Sunday, the aim is to] not crash, try to keep the car in one piece.

"Obviously, in this part of the year, we try to bring as many upgrades as possible. So the stock parts are not great. We just need to try to finish the race and get to Canada a little bit more prepared.

"I think it's impossible [to pit early]. I did in lap seven in Imola and in lap eight half of the grid stopped. This is the way it is."

Be part of the Autosport community

Join the conversation
Previous article Perez blames stickers, traffic for Monaco F1 qualifying "disaster"
Next article F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Start time, starting grid, how to watch, & more

Top Comments

There are no comments at the moment. Would you like to write one?

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Autosport Plus

Discover premium content
Subscribe