Championship leader Fernando Alonso admitted after qualifying that Lewis Hamilton was “one another planet” after the Englishman claimed a dominant pole position.
Alonso was only able to set the fifth fastest time and admitted that it was in line with his expectations. He is still however looking forward to tomorrow’s race and battling to stand on the rostrum, “we must settle for this fifth place but that doesn’t mean we are not hoping to improve on it tomorrow: our target is the podium.”
If Alonso is to have any chance during the race he knows that being consistent will hold the key. With air temperatures expected to be over 30C and the humidity sapping energy the two hour duration of the Grand Prix always makes Singapore one of the most difficult races of the year:
“The race will be very long, very hard physically and mentally,” said Alonso. “You need to always concentrate to the maximum, with no margin for error: the slightest mistake can carry a high price on a track where the barriers are very close. Reliability will be very important and the number one priority will be getting to the finish in the best possible position.”