Alonso explains misunderstanding over comments

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Fernando Alonso has spoken out this weekend to clear up the incident at the Hungarian Grand Prix that earned the Spanish driver a rebuke from Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo.

Alonso had endured a difficult race before going on to finish fifth at the Hungaroring, and after the race he reportedly criticized the Ferrari design team due to F138 car’s lack of pace. Montezemolo immediately reacted by rebuking Alonso, saying: “All the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own.” However, Alonso explained in Belgium how his words had simply been misunderstood.

“We do four press conferences in a weekend in three different languages,” Alonso explained. “Two of them are not my mother language, and even Spanish, I’m from the north so I don’t speak perfect Spanish! It means that there can be mistakes and there can be misunderstandings.”

The situation appears to have been resolved as Alonso and Ferrari begin to focus on their challenge for both championships this season. However, with the team failing to match the pace of Red Bull or Mercedes, it would appear that a fifth year without a title could be on the cards for the Italian marque.

Josef Newgarden wins pole for Grand Prix of Alabama

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With time running off the clock, Josef Newgarden lapped Barber Motorsports Park with a speed of 122.773 mph to win his third career pole and first on this track in the Grand Prix of Alabama.

Newgarden was .0128 seconds faster than teammate Scott Dixon in second.

Newgarden has two previous wins at Barber. He won last year’s edition of this race after starting seventh and in 2015 from fifth.

“I didn’t know if that was going to be enough,” Newgarden said after winning the pole.

“Team Chevy has done a good job,” Newgarden said. “They’ve really given us good power this weekend – good driveability. We’re going to need some fuel mileage tomorrow, which I think we’ll have. But it’s going to get mixed up with the rain.”

Fast 12

Newgarden topped this chart with a speed of 123.475 mph.

He brought Power, James Hinchcliffe, Scott Dixon, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Sebastien Bourdais along with him to the Fast 6.

Marco Andretti (122.480 mph), Alexander Rossi (122.216), Simon Pagenaud (122.050), Robert Wickens (122.042), Zach Veach (121.784) and Ed Jones (120.984) failed to advance.

Round 1, Group 1

Newgarden posted the fastest single lap in round one, group one of qualification for the Grand Prix of Alabama with a speed of 122.550 mph.

Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe, Wickens, and Andretti also advance to the fast 12.

Taking the final slot was Jones with a speed of 119.835 after an off-course excursion in final practice.

This was Andretti’s first advancement to the fast 12 for the first time since 2014.

Round 1, Group 2

Power had the fastest lap of 121.570 mph

Bourdais, Veach (who is battling food poisoning-like symptoms), Rossi, and Pagenaud grabbed positions 2-4.

Scott Dixon had an uncharacteristically slow lap of 121.006, but managed to advance to the fast 12 when the session was red-flagged for an incident involving Tony Kanaan.

With three minutes remaining, Kanaan spun into the tire barriers while leaving pit road. Since he brought out the red flag, he lost his qualification time of 119.996 mph.

Takuma Sato had slipped off-course midway through the session and posted only the Ninth-fastest speed of 120.789 mph.