Poor qualifying costs Alonso shot at race win

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Fernando Alonso believes that his poor qualifying on Saturday cost him the chance of winning the Canadian Grand Prix, eventually coming home in 2nd place behind Sebastian Vettel.

Ferrari have claimed just four pole positions since Alonso joined the team in 2010. The Spanish driver started in P6 for the race in Montreal, spending a large part of the grand prix battling with Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton whilst Vettel pulled away at the front. However, he was still pleased with the result that saw him move up to second in the drivers’ championship.

“Obviously we want to finish in front of our main competitors in the championship,” Alonso told Sky Sports. “With Sebastian obviously we could not do it today but he did pole position, he drove a very dominant race so we just need to congratulate him and just do a better job next time.

“We need to improve – especially qualifying. If we start up in the front with Sebastian we can fight a little bit closer.”

Alonso also revealed that he failed to put together a clean lap in qualifying due to the tricky conditions.

“We had a strong weekend in terms of pace. We complicated things maybe yesterday ourselves because with the conditions we were not very happy. With cold conditions the car is not performing well, but also I didn’t put a lap together on qualifying.

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“As I said, we maybe complicated things for ourselves, but we recovered well in the race and in Silverstone we need to do a better weekend in general.”

Two-time champion Alonso now trails Vettel by 36 points in the drivers’ championship with one-third of the season gone.

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.