Complicated qualification for Esteban Ocon. Already in Q1 the Frenchman manages to pass the cut with the thirteenth time, while in Q2 the team puts him behind team mate Fernando Alonso to try to take advantage of his slipstream. Strange strategy, since it is Ocon who will have to serve a penalty of five positions, but despite this, he remains stuck in eleventh position, one step away from Q3, while his teammate manages to place himself in the top ten. Net of penalties, the Frenchman will start from fourteenth position.
“It wasn’t a perfect qualification for us. In the end we missed Q3, after a pretty good Q2. I’ve lost the back of the car a couple of times, and even a small mistake pays dearly on a track like Monza. The various penalties have really revolutionized the grid, we’ll see what happens. It will certainly be an exciting race and there is the potential to finish in the top ten: we will push hard to finish the weekend with some points“.
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