Ferrari's Alonso doing a slow burn

Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso drives during the qualifying session at the...

Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso drives during the qualifying session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Spa yesterday. He will start ninth and was frustrated afterward. (AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:42 PM ET

Fernando Alonso has fought hard against technical and other problems that have plagued the Formula 1 Ferrari team this season and had to do so again Saturday in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps.

The two-time world champion ended up ninth in Q3, with his teammate Felip Massa 10th.

Alonso was frustrated afterward.

“When you end up ninth and tenth, clearly something has gone wrong, especially as the car was more competitive than in recent races,” he said.

Ferrari had upgraded, or so they thought, the F138 over the three-week summer break and Alonso was hopeful it would make the car better.

As he saw Saturday, it wasn’t the case.

“That’s partly down to the updates introduced here, which we had been working on since mid-July, when it was clear we had problems,” Alonso said.

However, he did put some of the blame for the poor qualifying performance on his own head and was hopeful the team could turn it around on Sunday.


Videos

Photos